Walking on the Land

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Steerforth Press, 2000 - History - 208 pages
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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  - sageness - LibraryThing

Gah. Heartwrenching and at times stomach-turning true story of a tiny Inuit community in the 1950s. Published in 2001, Mowat did NOT write this story when he published People of the Deer in the late ... Read full review

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User Review  - redcedar - LibraryThing

another canadian whose work is rooted in the intricacies of land and culture, Mowat’s work Walking on the Land is a painful portait of the north in the 1940s and 50s when white euro-canadians were ... 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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