Title: Ancient People of the Arctic. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  UBC Press, Vancouver, 1996, ISBN:0774805536
Seller ID: 21499
McGHEE, Robert. Ancient People of the Arctic. Vancouver : UBC Press, (1996). First Printing. Pp. (4),[v]-xii,(2),-244, + 16 p. of colour plates. Illustrated. 8vo, grey cloth with silver lettering to spine. References to Newfoundland and Labrador in the Index. "'Ancient People of the Arcitc' traces the lives of the Palaeo-Eskimos, the bold first explorers of the Arctic. Four thousand years ago, these people entered the far northern extremes of the North American continent, carving a living out of their bleak new homeland. From the hints they left behind, accessible only through the fragmented archaeological record, Robert McGhee ingeniously reconstructs a picture of this life at the margins. He discusses how the Palaeo-Eskimos spread across the entire Arctic, explains how they dealt with sharp climate changes that drastically altered their environment, offers glimpses into their spiritual practices and world view, and speculates about their eventual demise." - from the dustjacket. For three thousand years, the Palaeo-Eskioms not only successfully adapted to their frozen land but also developed a rich cultural life. Their archaeological sites yield a trove of beautifully crafted tools made from bone, ivory, quartz, and flint. The Dorset culture, the lastPalaeo-Eskimo people of the central and eastern Arctic, left an astounding assortment of art objects, preserved by the extreme cold of their environm ent: a caribou antler carved with images of more than sixty faces, each with a unique and realistic expression; a tiny ivory mask of a serene human face; carvings of bears sitting, prowling, and flying. Fully illustrated withphotographs of this art and the landscape in which it was found, 'Ancient People of the Arctic' presents an evocative picture of the first Arctic inhabitants and their adaptation as they moved across a variety of landscapes at the top of the hemisphere." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. A Peopleof the Imagination; 2. Eskimo History; 3. An Asiatic People in America; 4. The People of the Muskox Way; 5. The Great Exploration; 6. When the Climat e Changes; 7. How the Arctic Culture Was Transformed; 8. The Dorset People;9. Lost Visions; 10. Encounters and Isolation; 11. The End of the Dorset W orld. Very good in dustjacket. 25.00