In the summer time of 1883, Franz Boas, broadly thought to be probably the most fathers of Inuit anthropology, sailed from Germany to Baffin Island to spend a 12 months a number of the Inuit of Cumberland Sound. This was once his creation to the Arctic and to anthropological fieldwork. This guide items, for the primary time, his letters and magazine entries from the 12 months that he spent a number of the Inuit, offering no longer simplest an insightful historical past to his a large number of medical articles approximately Inuit tradition, however a complete and tasty narrative as neatly.

Using a Scottish whaling station as his base, Boas travelled broadly with the Inuit, finding out their language, dwelling of their tents and snow homes, sharing their meals, and experiencing their joys and sorrows. On the similar time he was once taking unique notes and surveying and mapping the panorama and beach. Ludger Müller-Wille has transcribed his journals and his letters to his folks and fiancé and woven those texts right into a sequential narrative. The outcome is an interesting observe of probably the most earliest and so much a success examples of participatory remark a number of the Inuit. At the start printed in German in 1994, the textual content has been translated into English by way of William Barr, who has additionally printed translations of alternative vital works at the historical past of the Arctic.

Illustrated with a few of Boas’s personal pictures and with maps of his box space, Franz Boas a number of the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884 is a helpful addition to the ancient and anthropological literature on southern Baffin Island.