By Mckay Jenkins
Within the iciness of 1913, excessive within the Canadian Arctic, Catholic clergymen set out on a perilous undertaking to arrive a bunch of Eskimos and convert them. Upon achieving their vacation spot, the monks have been murdered. Over the subsequent 3 years, one of many Arctic’s such a lot tragic tales turned one in all North America’s strangest and such a lot memorable police investigations and trials. A near-perfect parable of overdue colonialism, in addition to a wealthy exploration of the variations among ecu Christianity and Eskimo mysticism, Bloody Falls of the Coppermine possesses the depth of real crime and the romance of barren region event.
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It was the Europeans who had been wandering. Eskimos didn’t search for safe passage to Florida, or make pilgrimages to Rome. They didn’t send mining expeditions to California, or look to Africa for slave labor. They stayed home. The fact that they functioned so well, with so few material goods, also made the heroic rhetoric of European Arctic exploration narratives somewhat suspect. Ships from Victorian England would disgorge hundreds of men with tons and tons of equipment to spend a few months or years in a place Eskimos lived domestically with virtually nothing.
Kirkus Reviews “Well researched and interesting . . fascinating . . ” —PETER MATTHIESSEN Author’s Note A note on the use of the word Eskimo. ” In other places, Eskimo is still widely used. In any case, Inuit does not serve as a blanket substitute for Eskimo, either historically or geographically. Inuit, the plural of the noun Inuk, for “human being,” refers only to the Inuit-speaking peoples of Arctic Canada and parts of Greenland. In Alaska and Arctic Siberia, where Inuit is not spoken, the comparable terms are Inupiaq and Yup’ik.
Breynat had also begun to worry that the Catholic Church might be beaten to the region by the Church of England. Just as French and British trappers had battled for territory all over the Canadian west, so did their churches compete, often using the language and strategies of warfare, for their nationals and the natives with whom they traded. They established outposts. They recruited hardy missionaries and sent them out as scouts. In the Canadian hinterlands, Europe’s age-old religious struggle found a new battleground.