Walking on the Land
Random House of Canada, Limited
, Oct 1, 2001
- 288 pages
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.