Book of the Eskimos
January 1, 1961
This book is a lively and exciting introduction to the mysterious people who live at the top of the world -- the Eskimos of Greenland, northern Canada, and Alaska. And it was written by the man who knew the Eskimos better than any other man of our generation -- the indomitable and illustrious Danish explorer, Peter Freuchen. In reading this book, you will experience the thrills and discoveries that were Freuchen's in the unknown Arctic, and you will learn about the excitement, the pathos, the humor, as well as the adventure, of a civilization shrouded in mystery.
Peter Freuchen's Book of the Eskimos is crammed with information of the most interesting and unexpected sort about one of the strangest societies in the entire world -- a society which, up to Freuchen's time, was understood only through myth and half-truths. In addition, the volume is filled with an almost endless supply of colorful tales and ancedotes, telling us about Freuchen's friends in the Far North and his most action-packed years among the Eskimo people. The book is a mirror of the man himself -- immense in scope, exuberant in tone, filled with adventure and excitement, always lively and interesting.
There is a section on Eskimo origins, their migrations from east to west, and their present distribution in settlements throughout Greenland, northern Canada, and Alaska. Freuchen also tells of Eskimo history and the influences of climate on their evolution as well as their travel and dealings with European explorers.
The great explorer tells in detail of the Eskimo life throughout the year, in numerous stories drawn from his own experience. In one of the most unsual essays ever written about Eskimo life, he speaks frankly of the Eskimo people, describing. things that are at first shocking to European or American visitors.
In addition, Freuchen speaks of the Eskimo's whirlwind transition from the stone to the machine age, his religion and his art as well as his dealings with Christian missionaries from Europe and America. Never has any book dealt so realistically and so thoroughly with Eskimo life as Peter Freuchen's Book of the Eskimos, appropriately containing everything the great Danish explorer thought was worth knowing about the strange people of the Far North.