Native Peoples - Interior & Arctic

Interior and Arctic Region
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic By Jennifer Niven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786887460
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Published: Hachette Books - November 3rd, 2004

Ada Blackjack was an unlikely hero - an unskilled 23-year-old Inuit woman with no knowledge of the world outside Nome, Alaska. Divorced, impoverished, and despondent, she had one focus in her life - to care for her sickly young son. In September 1921, in search of money and a husband, she signed on as seamstress for a top-secret expedition into the unknown Arctic.

It was controversial explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson who sent four young men and Ada Blackjack into the far North to desolate, uninhabited Wrangel Island. Only two of the men had set foot in the Arctic before. They took with them six months' worth of supplies on Stefansson's theory that this would be enough to sustain them for a year while they lived off the land itself. But as winter set in, they were struck by hardship and tragedy. As months went by and they began to starve, they were forced to ration their few remaining provisions. When three of the men made a desperate attempt to seek help, Ada was left to care for the fourth, who was too sick to travel. Soon after, she found herself totally alone.

Upon Ada's miraculous return after two years on the island, the international press heralded her as the female Robinson Crusoe. Journalists hunted her down, but she refused to talk to anyone about her harrowing experiences. Only on one occasion--after being accused of a horrible crime she did not commit-- did she speak up for herself. All the while, she was tricked and exploited by those who should have been her champions.

Filled with exciting adventure and fascinating history, Ada Blackjack is a gripping and ultimately inspiring tale of a woman who survived a terrible time in the wild only to face a different but equally trying ordeal back in civilization.

Secrets of Eskimo Skin Sewing By Edna Wilder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781889963129
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Published: University of Alaska Press - October 1st, 1998

Two Old Women:20th Anniversary Ed. By Velma Wallis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780972494496
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Published: Epicenter Press - May 1st, 2004

I Am Eskimo: Aknik My Name By Paul Green, Abbe Abbott (With), George Aden Ahgupuk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Green, Abbe Abbott (With), George Aden Ahgupuk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780882405889
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Published: Alaska Northwest Books - March 1st, 2004