The Last Kings of Thule: With the Polar Eskimos As They Face Their Destiny
Account of author's life with the Thule Eskimos, northwest Greenland, 1950-51. Library also has French edition (Paris: Union generale d'editions, 1965) and first English translation (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1956).
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A great account of the world's Northernmost people who found themselves launched from a subsistence hunting and fishing culture into the Atomic Age when the U.S. Air Force decided to build a base in their home valley. The Inuit, who had been in the valley for millennia were forced to move further North,
In addition to Minuteman missiles and atomic weapons, the U.S. Army later built an encampment under the Greenland Ice Cap powered by a nuclear reactor. In January 21, 1968 a B-52G bomber carrying atomic weapons crashed into the frozen ocean off the base. When the high explosive in the weapons ignited, plutonium sank to the sea bed and entered the food chain. Many residents of the area became contaminated from the radiation and succumbed to illnesses never encountered prior to the incident.
Malaurie's book delivers a very wonderful account of Inuit life in the Polar Arctic and the changes forced upon them with the advent of nuclear weapons.
The Immense Territory Occupied by the Eskimo People
The District of Thule Showing Polar Eskimo Settlements as of December 12 195o
Men of the Pole
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