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Wilhelm Weike's Arctic Journal and Letters (1883-84)

By Ludger Müller-Wille & Bernd Gieseking (translated from the German by William Barr)

286 pp, trade paper, $29.95, 9781926824116

Wilhelm Weike, a 23-year old handyman from Minden/Germany, accidentally found himself spending the year of 1883-84 among Inuit and wintering with whalers on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. The fledgling scientist Franz Boas (1858-1942), later the eminent cultural anthropologist, hired Weike to attend to and assist him in his geographical and ethnological research following…

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