People of the Deer

People of the Deer

Book - 2012
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In 1886, the Ihalmiut of northern Canada numbered 7,000 souls; by 1946, when 25-year-old Farley Mowat travelled to the Arctic, their population had dwindled to only 40. Living among them, he observed the millennia-old migration of the caribou and endured the bleak winters, food shortages and continual, devastating intrusions of interlopers bent on exploiting the Arctic. In this seminal book, Mowat details a genocide wrought by misunderstanding and neglect. Debated long after its publication, this powerful story of the Ihalmiut continues to haunt the Canadian conscience.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2012.
ISBN: 9781771000444
Branch Call Number: 971.9580049712 MOWAT
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill., map.


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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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