Peter Freuchen's Book of the Eskimos

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Random House, 1961 - Social Science - 441 pages
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Introduction to the life and customs of the Eskimo based on the experiences of the Danish explorer in Greenland, Northern Canada, and Alaska.

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Review: Peter Freuchen's Famous Book of the Eskimos

User Review  - Sharon Zink - Goodreads

Although written a long time ago, this is an attention-keeping record of Eskimo life in Greenland close to the beginning of the 20th century. you should read it, whoever you may be. Read full review

Review: Peter Freuchen's Famous Book of the Eskimos

User Review  - Anita Williamson - Goodreads

I read this because my mother quoted about how wonderful the Eskimos were and how we should all be like them. So, I read it. Hmmm. The Eskimos had some things that were good. They also had things in ... Read full review


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Danish explorer, journalist, and author, Peter Freuchen was born in Nykobing, Falster, Denmark, and studied at the University of Copenhagen. Freuchen made his first trip to the Arctic in 1906, joining the Knut Rasmussen expedition. Fascinated by the Arctic, he was a member of the famous Thule expeditions (1910-1925) in northwestern Greenland. He also served as governor of the Thule colony from 1913 to 1920. Off and on for more than two generations he lived, hunted, and traveled with the Inuit, understanding them better than any other man of his generation. His first wife was an Inuit, about whom he wrote in Invalu, the Eskimo Wife (1935). Fliers en route from Fort Churchill to distant Arctic air bases can still trace their course by landmarks Freuchen first put on the map. He aided refugees from the Nazis during the late 1930s and was active in the Underground movement after Denmark was occupied and before his own escape to Sweden. In 1957 Freuchen won the Gold Medal of the International Benjamin Franklin Society for his "service to mankind in opening new frontiers.

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