The Long Exile

The Long Exile

A True Story of Deception and Survival Among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic

Book - 2006
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In 1922, the Irish-American explorer, Robert Flaherty, made a film about the Canadian Arctic. 'Nanook of the North' starred a mythical Eskimo hunter. Two years after the release of the film, the man who played Nanook starved to death. This is a true story of deception & survival set amidst the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, c2006
ISBN: 9780007157969
Branch Call Number: 971.90049712 MCG 2006
Characteristics: xi, 302 p. : maps ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Long exile


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Dec 18, 2014

This book gives answers to the questions of why the Inuit never migrated South, why they stayed in the North & how they were transplanted to the far North. Their treatment is an abomination of human rights abuses & their survival is a testimonial to their industrious & unrelenting determination to survive in conditions that would quickly kill anyone on this planet. The book is focussed on a few families in particular in order to develop the character & personality of specific Inuit people, but in concluding chapters, the magnitude & devastation of the Inuit way of life is fully displayed with statistics & general facts. The decades-long revisionist history provided by the Canadian Government disseminated through the media is a perfect example of colonial hubris & willful blindness, resulting in a systemic disregard of the facts. On August 18, 2010 the Government of Canada issued an apology for the relocation of the Inuit.

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