- Gebundene Ausgabe: 184 Seiten
- Verlag: Mcgill Queens Univ Pr; Auflage: New. (November 1995)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0773513485
- ISBN-13: 978-0773513488
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,7 x 1,7 x 25,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.014.622 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Strangers Among Us (McGill-Queen's Native and Northern) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – November 1995
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This text provides a theory about one of the Arctic's great unsolved mysteries.
In 1868 American explorer Charles Francis Hall interviewed several Inuit hunters who spoke of strangers travelling through their land. Hall immediately assumed that the hunters were talking about survivors of the Franklin expedition and set off for the Melville Peninsula, the location of many of the sightings, to collect further evidence to support his theory. Hall's theory was roundly dismissed by historians of his day, who concluded that the Inuit had been referring to other white explorers, despite significant discrepancies between the Inuit evidence and the records of other expeditions. In Strangers Among Us Woodman re-examines the Inuit accounts in light of modern scholarship and concludes that Hall's initial conclusions are supported by Inuit remembrances, remembrances that do not correlate with the travels of other expeditions but are consistent with those of Franklin's.
When Charles Francis Hall went looking for the Franklin expedition he heard exciting but contradictory evidence from the Inuit natives he encountered. Years after Hall, David Woodman's careful analysis of Inuit narratives does much to separate lines of history from complex story-telling. This book describes the ways in which the Inuit testimony can be validated and what things it has to report to us about what may have happened to the Franklin expedition. As such it contains what may be the first real "new" information about the Franklin expedition that we are likely to obtain absent startling new finds in the region.
Though Scott Cookman's new study "Ice Blink" has genuine insights to offer on the possible reasons for the evident deterioration of the Franklin expedition after its first year in the ice, Woodman's "Strangers Among Us" ultimately provides more information on exactly what happened -- and invaluable information from Inuit hunting peoples about why it might have happened at that time and in that place.
If you are interested in the historical mysteries of the third Franklin expedition this book should not be missed.