Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884: Journals and Letters

Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884: Journals and Letters

By: William Barr (translator), Ludger Muller-Wille (editor)Paperback

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In the summer of 1883, Franz Boas, widely regarded as one of the fathers of Inuit anthropology, sailed from Germany to Baffin Island to spend a year among the Inuit of Cumberland Sound. This was his introduction to the Arctic and to anthropological fieldwork. This book presents, for the first time, his letters and journal entries from the year that he spent among the Inuit, providing not only an insightful background to his numerous scientific articles about Inuit culture, but a comprehensive and engaging narrative as well. Using a Scottish whaling station as his base, Boas travelled widely with the Inuit, learning their language, living in their tents and snow houses, sharing their food, and experiencing their joys and sorrows. At the same time he was taking detailed notes and surveying and mapping the landscape and coastline. Ludger M ller-Wille has transcribed his journals and his letters to his parents and fianc 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 also published translations of other important works on the history of the Arctic. Illustrated with some of Boas's own photos and with maps of his field area, Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884 is a valuable addition to the historical and anthropological literature on southern Baffin Island.

About Author

Ludger M ller-Wille is an associate professor of Geography at McGill University. His book Franz Boas. Bei den Inuit in Baffinland 1883-1884, Tageb cher und Briefe was first published in German by Reinhold Schletzer Verlag, Berlin, in1994. William Barr is professor of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan, editor and translator of A Frenchman in Search of Franklin: De Bray's Arctic Journal, 1852-1854, and Overland to Starvation Cove: With the Inuit in Search of Franklin, 1878-1880.

Contents

Foreword Preface to the Original German Edition Preface to the English Edition Introduction: Germans and Inuit on Baffin Island in the 1880s The Simple Relationships between the Land and the People Boas and German Polar Research in the Early 1880s Human Environmental Relations in the Arctic: The Ecological Approach Fieldwork Methods: T am now truly just like a typical Eskimo' Journals and Letters, 1882-1884: The Source Material Transcribing and Editing the Texts Franz Boas and the Inuit Today Abbreviations JOURNALS AND LETTERS (MAY 1882 - SEPTEMBER 1884) 1884) Period of Preparation in Germany, 1882-1883 Formulating and Securing the Research Plans The Third German Geographers' Conference in Frankfurt a. M. Logistical Preparations for the Sojourn in the Arctic On Board the Germania from Hamburg to Baffin Island, June-July 1883 Across the North Sea and the Atlantic Off Greenland In the Drift and Pack Ice off Baffin Island, July-August 1883 Reaching K'exerten, Tinixdjuarbing: Meeting the Whalers and Inuit, August-September 1883 Winding Down the German Polar Station, K'ingua, September 1883 First Boat Trip with the Inuit to the North End of Tinixdjuarbing The Last Days of the German Polar Station At the Scottish Whaling Station at K'exerten and Germanids Departure Late Fall Boat Trips in the Sound, September-October 1883 K'exerten Journey to Kingnait Fiord On Board the Catherine: The First Voyage to Naujateling and Milixdjuax Trip to Pangnirtung Fiord Trip to Ujarasugdjuling and Exaluaxdjuin Investigations at K'exerten, October-December 1883 Science and Epidemics: Between the Environment and People Geographical Names and Maps: Comprehending the Area Tidal Observations in the Harbour at K'exerten The Inuit's Fall Festival: The Sedna Ritual Discontinuation of the Tidal Observations Sickness and Death among the Inuit Hikes across the Ice: Surveying the K'exerten Archipelago By Dogsled across the Pack Ice Inuit, Igloos, and Dogs: Journeys on the Ice of Tinixdjuarbing, December 1883 - May 1884 First Trip to Anarnitung and K'ingua A Bitterly Cold March to K'ingua The First Time in an Inuit Camp: Anarnitung Second Trip to Anarnitung and K'ingua K'exerten Third Trip to Anarnitung and K'ingua First Attempt at Crossing the Kingnait-Padli Pass Fourth Trip to Anarnitung and K'ingua Trip to Milixdjuax Second Trip to Naujateling Trip Southeastward to Saumia The First 'White' among the Inuit of Ukiadliving Return Trip to K'exerten Trip to the Northwest to Nettilling Lake Second Attempt at Crossing the Kingnait-Padli Pass Trip to the West Coast of Tinixdjuarbing: Tarrionitung The Last Trip on the Ice of Tinixdjuarbing: Nuvujen K'exerten: Preparations for the Trip to Davis Strait Overland to Davis Strait: From Kingnait to Padli, May 1884 Along the East Coast of Baffin Island: Survey Trips on the Sea Ice, May-July 1884 From Padli to Padloping Northward: From Padloping to Tunirn Establishing the Base Camp at K'ivitung From K'ivitung to Siorartijung The Inuit Settlement of Siorartijung: The Most Northerly Point Southward: Excruciating Sledging on Late-Summer Ice At K'ivitung: Waiting for the Whalers, July-August 1884 Completion of the Cartographic Work Ethnographica, Dictionary, and Stories: Last Notes Whalers in Sight Leaving the Inuit and the Arctic, August-September 1884 With the Wolf to K'armaxdjuin and St John's On Board the Ardandhu to New York Appendix 1 Dog Names Appendix 2 Names of Ships and Boats Glossary English Words Inuktitut Words (Eastern Canadian Arctic) References Index Illustrations and maps

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781487521431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 330
  • ID: 9781487521431
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 148752143X

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