People of the Deer

People of the Deer

Paperback - 2005
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Living among the 40 surviving members of the once-mighty Ihalmiut nation, Mowat observed a sight that would inspire him for the rest of his life: the millennia-old migration of Arctic caribou in their teeming multitudes. With the Ihalmiut, Mowat endured bleak winters, suffered agonizing shortages of food and witnessed devastating intrusions of interlopers bent on exploitation. First published in 1951, this was the first book to exhibit the prodigious literary talent that would produce some of the most memorable travel writing of the next half-century. People of the Deer is the lyrical portrait of a beautiful and endangered society, and a mournful reproach to those who would manipulate indigenous cultures anywhere in the world.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2005.
ISBN: 9781552636657
Characteristics: 252 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations, maps, plates, portraits ;,23 cm.


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Nov 22, 2017

I started this book but didn't like the writing style. I switched to The Long Exile by Melanie McGrath and I'm enjoying it. I believe the two books overlap in content and historical events.

Jul 31, 2015

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Jul 10, 2015

This book's most powerful aspect is without a doubt Mowat's ability to share with his readers the awe, fascination and ultimate humility by which he was struck upon entering the northern realm of the Ihalmiut people. Much is to be learned and experienced by reading this tale of the true nature of Canadian indigeneity, both tragic and lovely.

Jun 23, 2013

Fantastic if you love Aboriginal Culture and history! Mowat is a visual writer, and his accounts of the Ihalmuit's culture is amazingly detailed. Here is a passionate account and acknowledgement of the blood that stains Canadian history... much unknown to the greater Canadian populations. This book is great for educational purposes and when partnered with comprehensive histories of the Plains Indians, makes Canadian History very exciting and the reader much more empathetic to the country we assume is naturally "kind" and accepting. A real eye opener.

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