Eskimo Life

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Eskimo Life  (1893) 
Fridtjof Nansen, illustrations by Otto Sinding, translated by William Archer
Reviewed in The New York Times on November 19, 1893: Nansen's Study of Eskimo Life

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A HUNTER, HIS WIFE, AND A YOUNG GIRL (WEST COAST OF GREENLAND)

ESKIMO LIFE


BY
FRIDTJOF NANSEN
AUTHOR OF 'THE FIRST CROSSING OF GREENLAND'


TRANSLATED BY WILLIAM ARCHER

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS


LONDON
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
AND NEW YORK: 15 EAST 16th STREET
1893

All rights reserved

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE
TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE V
AUTHOR'S PREFACE VII
I. GREENLAND AND THE ESKIMO 1
II. APPEARANCE AND DRESS 18
III. THE 'KAIAK' AND ITS APPURTENANCES 30
IV. THE ESKIMO AT SEA 56
V. WINTER-HOUSES, TENTS, WOMAN-BOATS, AND EXCURSIONS 78
VI. COOKERY AND DAINTIES 89
VII. CHARACTER AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS 100
VIII. THE POSITION AND WORK OF WOMEN 121
IX. LOVE AND MARRIAGE 138
X. MORALS 157
XI. JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS—DRUM-DANCES AND ENTERTAINMENTS 186
XII. MENTAL GIFTS—ART—MUSIC—POETRY—ESKIMO NARRATIVES 193
XIII. RELIGIOUS IDEAS 209
XIV. THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY 301
XV. EUROPEANS AND NATIVES 313
XVI. WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED? 327
XVII. CONCLUSION 341

PRINTED BY
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LONDON

BY THE SAME AUTHOR


THE FIRST CROSSING OF GREENLAND

With numerous Illustrations and a Map
Cheap Edition. Crown 8vo. 7s. 6d.


London: LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
and NEW YORK: 15 EAST 16th STREET

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

PLATES.
A Hunter, his Wife, and a Young Girl (West Coast of Greenland) Frontispiece
'The Boundless Snow-Fields stretching Calm and White from Sea to Sea' to face page 2
Covering a Kaiak 32
'The Head turned Half Backwards to watch the Seas' 58
Seaward in Search of Seals 60
Seal-hunting 62
Before the Wind 66
A Kaiak-Man rescuing a Comrade 68
A Kaiak-Man attacked by a Walrus 74
Halibut-Fishing 76
An Eskimo Camp 84
A Summer Journey 86
Fishing 114
A Greenland Dance 190
A Fiord Landscape on the East Coast (at Tingmiarmiut) 328
Northern Lights—'The Dead at Play' 348
WOODCUTS IN THE TEXT.
page
Greenland Indoor Dress (East Coast)—(1) Male Costume; (2) Female Costume 26
Bladder-dart 34
Harpoon 36
The Head of the Harpoon 37
Lance 39
Throwing-stick with Bird-dart 40
The Bird-dart Thrown 42
Throwing-stick with Harpoon 43
Kaiak, seen from above 44
Kaiak-frame 44
Section of the Kaiak 47
Paddle 49
Half-Jacket 50
Whole-Jacket 50
Eskimo Venus and Apollo 199