The Snow Walker

The Snow Walker

Book - 1975 | 1st American ed
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"Central to Farley Mowat's writing is his quest to understand the often-forgotten native people of the vast arctic wilderness. In this moving collection, he allows these people to describe in their own words the adventures they experience as they struggle to survive in an isolated, untamed land. Stories of survival and courage, of superstition and fate, of uncompromising loyalty to family and tribe are presented here, offering a vivid portrait of a people whose existence is often beyond the comprehension of modern man."
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1975
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316586931
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 222 p. : maps ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2014

I came to this book thinking it was a novel on which the adventure movie of the same name was based. This book is a collection of about a dozen short stories involving the aboriginal peoples of northern Canada and their interaction with 'whites' over the past hundred years or so. The title is the Inuit name for "The Grim Reaper" who features prominently in the tough, unforgiving and close-knit subsistence lives of northern aboriginals. Mowat has a vividness and economy of writing style that makes these short stories shine like the snowy Barrens under a full moon. The concluding docu-story is a damning account of the Canadian federal government's program to relocate Inuit peoples to "colonize" high Arctic islands in order to assert sovereignty. This book should be on the bookshelf of "Canadian classics".


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