Using a Scottish whaling station as his base, Boas traveled widely with the Inuit, learning their language, living in their tents and snow houses, sharing their food, and experiencing their joys and sorrows. He took detailed notes and surveyed and mapped the landscape and coastline. Dr. Ludger Muller-Wille has transcribed Franz Boa's journals and letters to his parents and fiancee and woven these texts into a sequential narrative. The result is a fascinating study of one of the earliest and most successful examples of participatory observation among the Inuit. Originally published in German in 1994, the text has been translated into English by William Barr, who has already published translations of important works on the history of the Arctic.
The book is illustrated with some of Boas' own photos and with maps of his field area. Franz Boas with the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884 Journals and Letters is an extremely valuable addition to the historical and anthropological literature on southern Baffin Island, as well as an enlightening journey through a fascinating culture and place.
|Hardcover Book, 312 pages||English|
|University of Toronto Press (Dec. 12th, 1998)||Unknown|
|9780802041500||6.46 x 9.20 x 1.16 inches|
|General Biography & Autobiography|