Walking on the Land

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Steerforth Press, 2000 - History - 208 pages
8 Reviews
Using one of his own trips through the Eastern Arctic as a starting point, Farley Mowat interweaves the stories of the Barren Ground Inuit with stunning, lyrical descriptions of the Northern landscape.

With great beauty and terrible anguish, Mowat traces the history of the Inuit, revealing how the arrival of the Kablunait white man in the early part of the century and the subsequent obliteration of the caribou herds combined to unleash a series of famines and epidemics that virtually wiped out the Barren Ground Inuit population.

Full of larger-than-life characters old-time Hudson's Bay company men, eccentric priests, wild bush pilots and well-meaning interlopers Walking on the Land is an unforgettable account by one of Canada's most committed and impassioned voices.

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User Review  - Jean - Goodreads

Easy to read but I like Farley Mowat's writing style. Sad stories of interventions with the Inuit people of Hudson Bay area. We should have just left them be as they have survived hundreds of years without us. Read full review

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User Review  - KH Vaughan - Goodreads

Farley Mowat's strengths as a writer are also his weaknesses. He is evocative and passionate about his causes, but while that has made his stories powerful the question remains as to whether they are ... Read full review


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Farley Mowat was born in Ontario in 1921. He served in World War II and spent the better part of two years in the Arctic before he began writing for a living in 1949. He is the author of thirty-seven books which combined have sold more than 14 million copies in 52 languages. He and his wife, Claire Mowat, divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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