The Snow Walker

The Snow Walker

Book - 2003 | Rev. ed.
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In these extraordinary stories of survival in a stark and savage land, Mowat writes passionately of the bonds between the aboriginal peoples of the far north and their harsh arctic environment. One of the most beloved storytellers of our time, he captures the courage and wisdom of the arctic people in this bestselling collection. Above all, The Snow Walker expresses his optimism, a belief that for all of us, there is only one hope - to live in harmony with the earth, not in conflict with it.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2003.
Edition: Rev. ed.
ISBN: 9781552632482
Branch Call Number: MOWAT
Characteristics: xi, 209 p. ; 23 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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