Told from an ordinary man's perspective, these are the journal and letters of Wilhelm Weike as he accompanied Franz Boas-the father of modern anthropology-on his journey to the arctic from 1883 to 1884. This extraordinary document of early arctic history provides a plain, direct view of the Inuit and the whalers in their arctic environment at the end of the 19th century. With invaluable contextual and complementary information, this book contributes key insights during the recent wave of scientific assessment of Franz Boas's legacy in all social sciences.
Ludger Muller-Wille is a retired professor of geography and northern studies at McGill University and the author of Franz Boas with the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884: Journals and Letters. He has studied ethnicity and human-environmental relations in the arctic and subarctic among the Sami and Finns, Inuit, Dene, and Naskapi. He lives in Montreal, Quebec. Bernd Gieseking is a cabaret artist and author of children's radio plays and theatre plays. He has hosted theatre, radio, and TV shows, including The Annual Satirical Review. William Barr is a research fellow at the Arctic Institute of North America and the author of Arctic Hell-Ship, Arctic Scientist, Gulag Survivor, and Joseph-Elzear Bernier. He is also the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Historical Association for his contributions to the historiography of the Canadian North. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.