A man who spent seven years in the government service in the far North, teaching and living among the Eskimos, writes informally, inconsecutively, of the Arctic. The Eskimo people with their great endurance and courage; the language, foods, homes; their customs, their industries. A good part of the book deals with the wild life -- hunting seal and polar bear, tending the reindeer herds, whales and walrus, in the perpetual struggle for survival of both humans and animals. From Sinuk to Nome, Icy Caps to Hibaris, Van Valin and his Eskimo friends had many close escapes in journeys across the never to be trusted ice, with hunger and cold as very close associates. The author closes with bits about the mythology, and the archaeology, of the Arctic. A simple, first hand recital -- in no way overcolord.