Lobsticks and Stone Cairns: Human Landmarks in the Arctic

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Richard Clarke Davis
University of Calgary Press, 1996 - Travel - 326 pages
In Lobsticks and Stone Cairns, over one hundred Arctic stories are told about adventurers, military officers, authors, guides, cultural heroes, police, traders, and even the occasional charlatan. While some of the biographies in the book are of people still active in the North, others tell stories from as far back as the sixteenth century. The subjects of the sketches are Inuit, European, American, Indian, and Canadian men and women. The exploits discussed in this generously illustrated book bring northern history and geography to life. Each profile is accompanied by a short bibliography. Lobsticks are trees that are used as markers. Above the tree-line, stone cairns are used in their place. It is hoped that these biographies of "human" landmarks will help you find your way around in the North and bring the Arctic just a little closer to home.

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About the author (1996)

Richard C. Davis lives in Calgary, Alberta, where he is Professor of English at the University of Calgary. When not reading accounts of early exploration and travel, he can often be found hiking on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies or cycling abroad. He is especially interested in the relationships between journals and the published books that sometimes grow out of them, an interest in manuscripts that has taken him to archives in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and across North America. Davis has previously published two volumes of journals by nineteenth-century Arctic explorer John Franklin, and a similar volume by Charles Sturt, a contemporary of Franklin who explored the centre of Australia. Along with numerous articles about how British explorers represented unfamiliar landscapes and experiences for an audience at home, he has edited Rupert's Land: A Cultural Tapestry, a book that explores Canada's cultural origins, and Lobsticks and Stone Cairns: Human Landmarks in the Arctic, which grew out of his editorial work at The Arctic Institute of North America. Davis specialized in Canadian Literature for his PhD at the University of New Brunswick (1979), after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University. He is an elected Fellow in the Royal Geographical Society.

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