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The Polar Eskimos
Erik Holtved




International Polar Institute
2011 • 228 pp. 5 illus. 5 1/2 x 9 1/4"
Arctic Studies / Essays


$29.95 Hardcover, 978-0-9829155-0-9



A rich and astounding collection of stories transcribed directly from the Inuit of Greenland in the 1930s

This collection of transcribed stories from the Thule region of northern Greenland, begun in 1935, represents stories told to the editor by 5 different Inuit. Holtved recorded these on long playing records along with songs and chants, providing a rich and accurate portrayal of the people and their culture. Multiple versions of the same story are included here, providing greater clarity into the individual storyteller and their own motives. With the help of linguists and in re-reading the transcribed texts back to the storytellers themselves, errors in meaning are corrected and clarified, leaving this most important early record of these tales.

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DR. ERIK HOLTVED (1899–1981) was a Danish artist, archaeologist, linguist, and ethnologist. He was the first university-trained ethnologist to study the northernmost Greenlandic Inuit.



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