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The long exile : a tale of Inuit betrayal and survival in the high Arctic

Author: Melanie McGrath
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In 1922 an Irish-American adventurer named Robert Flaherty made a film about Inuit life in the Arctic. Nanook of the North featured a mythical Eskimo hunter who lived in an igloo with his family in a frozen Eden. Nanook's story captured the world's imagination." "Thirty years later, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from the east coast of Hudson Bay to a region of the high arctic that was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: Josephie Flaherty; Robert Joseph Flaherty; Josephie Flaherty; Josephie Flaherty; Josephie Flaherty
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melanie McGrath
ISBN: 9781400040476 1400040477 9781400032884 1400032881
OCLC Number: 71810133
Notes: Previously published: London : Fourth Estate, 2006.
Description: xi, 268 pages : map ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Melanie McGrath.

Abstract:

"In 1922 an Irish-American adventurer named Robert Flaherty made a film about Inuit life in the Arctic. Nanook of the North featured a mythical Eskimo hunter who lived in an igloo with his family in a frozen Eden. Nanook's story captured the world's imagination." "Thirty years later, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from the east coast of Hudson Bay to a region of the high arctic that was 1,200 miles farther north. Hailing from a land rich in caribou and arctic foxes, whales and seals, pink saxifrage and heather, the Inuit were taken to Ellesmere Island, an arid and desolate landscape of shale and ice virtually devoid of life. The most northerly landmass on the planet, Ellesmere is blanketed in darkness for four months of the year. There the exiles were left to live on their own with little government support and few provisions." "Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized half-Inuit son of Robert Flaherty, who never met his father. In a narrative rich with human drama and heartbreak, Melanie McGrath uses the story of three generations of the Flaherty family - the filmmaker; his illegitimate son, Josephie; and Josephie's daughters, Mary and Martha - to bring this tale of mistreatment and deprivation to life."--Jacket.
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