The Land of Feast and Famine by Helge Ingstad

By Helge Ingstad

The younger Norwegian was once Helge Ingstad, now well-known for his discovery in 1960 of a Viking village at L'Anse aux Meadows (on the northern tip of Newfoundland) -- the oldest identified eu payment in North the United States. Ingstad recorded his adventures within the Canadian North within the Land of ceremonial dinner and Famine, initially released in Norwegian in 1931 and primary published in English years later. Now, after being out of print in English for greater than 40 years, The Land of banquet and Famine is once more on hand, with its description of younger experience and its bright portrayal of the folk and methods of the Northwest Territories within the final days of the fur buying and selling period. After making his approach into the Canadian Arctic inside, Ingstad spent one iciness with a fellow trapper in a log cabin they equipped themselves, and one other dwelling and looking with a tribe of Inuit referred to as the Caribou-Eaters. in the course of his ultimate iciness within the North, Ingstad lived in a tent in a space known as the Barren Lands, searching caribou and wolves, by myself along with his 5 canines. In 1937, a small river within the Barren Lands used to be renamed Ingstad Creek. The existence Ingstad describes is harsh and entire of threat. He recounts many shut calls of his personal in addition to the fates of these a ways much less lucky. On his means out of the North, Ingstad discovered that the vibrant adventurer John Hornby and of his partners starved to dying whereas on a excursion to the Barren Lands -- one among them outliving the others by means of months. yet Ingstad's lifestyles within the Canadian Arctic used to be additionally packed with heart-warming reports. He describes the local partners and fellow trappers with whom he shared adventures and relates tales of various hunts and the way he realized first hand approximately beaver, caribou, wolf, and different natural world. He additionally presents a outstanding physique of data approximately local drugs. the arriving of the age of aviation unfolded the North and, as Ingstad prophetically saw in 1931, the way of living of the local humans, who have been "still pursuing the unfastened nomadic life in their forefathers," will be irrevocably replaced. At a time while the methods of lifetime of Canada's local and Inuit everyone is extra threatened than ever earlier than, The Land of banquet and Famine offers a desirable glimpse at a time already some distance within the past.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Land of Feast and Famine PDF

Best canada books

The Bear

A robust suspense tale narrated via a tender lady who needs to fend for herself and her little brother after a brutal undergo assault

While tenting along with her kinfolk on a distant island, five-year-old Anna awakes within the evening to the sound of her mom screaming. A rogue black endure, 300 kilos of fury, is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her mom and dad as prey.

At her loss of life mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. but if the canoe runs aground at the fringe of the woods, the sister and brother needs to conflict starvation, the weather, and a barren region alive with threat. misplaced and fully on my own, they locate that their in basic terms wish is living in Anna's heartbreaking love for her kin, and her fight to be courageous while not anything in her international turns out secure anymore.

This is a narrative with a small narrator and a huge center. Cameron gracefully plumbs Anna's younger point of view on family members, accountability, and wish, charting either a tragically untimely lack of innocence and a startling evolution as Anna purposes in the course of the most unlikely events that confront her.

Lean and assured, and instructed within the blameless and sincere voice of a five-year-old, THE endure is a transporting story of loss -- but additionally a poignant and unusually humorous experience approximately love and the uncooked instincts that let us to outlive.

National Identity and the Conflict at Oka: Native Belonging and Myths of Postcolonial Nationhood in Canada

Via readings of literature, canonical background texts, experiences of museum screens and media research, this paintings explores the historic formation of myths of Canadian nationwide identification after which how those myths have been challenged (and affirmed throughout the 1990 standoff at Oka. It attracts upon background, literary feedback, anthropology, reviews in nationalism and ethnicity and post-colonial concept.

Frommer's British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies 2006 (Frommer's Complete)

You will by no means fall into the vacationer traps if you trip with Frommer's. it truly is like having a chum exhibit you round, taking you to the locations locals like most sensible. Our specialist authors have already long gone far and wide you may go--they've performed the legwork for you, and they are now not afraid to inform it love it is, saving you money and time.

Where Strangers Become Neighbours: Integrating Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada (Urban and Landscape Perspectives)

This detailed publication tackles a tremendous modern factor - the social integration of immigrants in a wide city - in terms of the specified case examine of 1 Canadian urban.

Extra resources for The Land of Feast and Famine

Example text

To hop about on a raft of moving timbers seems simple indeed when someone else is doing it. When, however, you have to do it yourself, it seems like an entirely different matter. It is not merely that one's foothold gives way beneath one, but that it gives way in all directions ! Boldly and full of confidence, you start out from shore and come to log number one. It sinks. You hop over to log number two, which immediately begins to spin round backwards as fast as it can. While your legs work like drumsticks and you flap like a crow, you look wildly about for some means of escape.

Nothing for it, then, but to look around for a new job. There was still no hurry about continuing north. The month of May had hardly begun, and it would be July before Great Slave Lake would be free of ice and navigable. A man named Dick was the owner of a little saw-mill a short way down the river. He asked us if we knew anything about mill work. We replied that we were both pretty handy with a saw, and it was lucky for us he didn't ask us what kind of saw we meant. Hired, we packed up and moved on to begin work for three dollars a day and keep.

The roaring of the rapids sounded in our ears. Quietly we sailed up to the bank, which was black with people. Just as we were busy making our ship fast, the Athabaska appeared upstream, steaming at top speed. But she had very little to be proud of, as we had been " the first boat north " by almost ten minutes. We went ashore at Fitzgerald. A short distance below the town begins a series of rapids, so turbulent that not even a flat-bottomed river boat can navigate them. In the old days it was a practice to shoot the lesser rapids in scows steered by huge oars, or sweeps, balanced outboard over the stern; down the more dangerous stretches these scows were tracked by means of ropes.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.96 of 5 – based on 7 votes