People of the Deer

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-20
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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In 1886, the Ihalmiut people of northern Canada numbered seven thousand; by 1946, when Farley Mowat began his two-year stay in the Arctic, the population had fallen to just forty. With them, he observed for the first time the phenomenon that would inspire him for the rest of his life: the millennia-old migration of the Arctic's caribou herds. He also endured bleak, interminable winters, suffered agonizing shortages of food, and witnessed the continual, devastating intrusions of outsiders bent on exploitation. Here, in this classic and first book to demonstrate the mammoth literary talent that would produce some of the most memorable books of the next half-century, best-selling author Farley Mowat chronicles his harrowing experiences. People of the Deer is the lyrical ethnography of a beautiful and endangered society. It is a mournful reproach to those who would manipulate and destroy indigenous cultures throughout the world. Most of all, it is a tribute to the last People of the Deer, the diminished Ihalmiuts, whose calamitous encounter with our civilization resulted in their unnecessary demise.

Table of Contents

Foreword 10(1)
Foreword to the 1974 Edition 11(2)
I The Why and Wherefore 13(12)
II Into the Barrenlands 25(13)
III The Intruders 38(10)
IV The Children 48(18)
V The Lifeblood of the Land 66(19)
VI Under the Little Hills 85(15)
VII Feast and Famine 100(15)
VIII Of Houses and Tongues 115(15)
IX Eskimo Spring 130(15)
X These Are Their Days 145(15)
XI The Boy and the Black One 160(16)
XII The Shape of the Law 176(16)
XIII Kakumee 192(17)
XIV The Breaker of Law 209(13)
XV Stone Men and Dead Men 222(17)
XVI From the Inland Sea 239(11)
XVII Ghosts, Devils and Spirits 250(19)
XVIII Ohoto 269(12)
XIX Days of His Father 281(17)
XX Last Days of the People 298(17)
XXI The Days to Come 315

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