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Graphic, unflinching account of life amongst the eskimos,
By A Customer
This review is from: Nunaga - Ten Years Among the Eskimos (Paperback)This is a great travel book. Duncan Pryde describes his experiences as a fur trader amongst the Eskimos in the 1960's. During his time there he lived the life of an eskimo, and describes their lives and customs with intimate knowledge. His descriptions of seal, bear and caribou hunting are not for the faint hearted. He describes unflinchingly their hunts and hunting strategies, although I for one found some of them barbaric. One of the great strengths of the book is his candour. He describes how when they were hunting caribou they would try to shoot the pregnant females because the foetuses that they were carrying had beautifully tender meat. In order to make carrying the carcases easier they would aim to shoot at their hind legs, and then herd the lame animals towards their canoes before finishing them off.
His descriptions of the customs of the eskimos such as wife sharing and shamanism are enthralling. It is clear that one purpose of the book is to record a way of life that he fears will be soon lost forever.