By Gretel Ehrlich
During this gripping circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle, Gretel Ehrlich paints a shiny portrait of the indigenous cultures that inhabit the starkly attractive boreal panorama surrounding the Arctic Ocean, an ice-bound desert that comes with northern Siberia, northwestern Greenland, Canada's huge Nunavut, and northerly Alaska. Ehrlich's day trip, supported by means of the nationwide Geographic Society, files what is still of those cultures, in particular the similarities and variations between them, together with searching traditions, shamanic and ceremonial practices, languages and legends--the ways that they've got survived, or were assimilated, and the way they're adapting to the impression of weather swap on their ice-age cultures.
Ehrlich is thinking about what she calls the ecology of culture--the ways that the human presence of indigenous Arctic humans is intricately interwoven with land, rock, river, sea, and ice. Depicting human-caused weather switch as simply the most recent and such a lot harmful of the ills and abuses first peoples were affliction for 250 years, Ehrlich's haunting and beautiful prose portrays old tribes and traditions at the fringe of extinction and captures the austere great thing about their a variety of lifeways within the frozen dreamscape of the realm they've got continuously identified.
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