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Memoirs of Hans Hendrik, the Arctic Traveller, Serving Under Kane, Hayes, Hall and Nares, 1853-1876: Translated from the Eskimo Language

Biography / Memoir

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Polar Exploration

By: Hans Hendrik (Author), Henry Rink (Translated by), George Stephens (Editor)

110 pages, 1 b/w map

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2014 | #215714 | ISBN-13: 9781108070980
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About this book

First published in 1878, this English translation of the memoirs of Hans Hendrik (c.1834-89), a native Greenlander, provides a valuable alternative perspective on polar exploration in the nineteenth century. Inuit were often employed on Arctic expeditions of the period. Hendrik is remarkable, however, not only because his skills as a guide and hunter were called on repeatedly during several expeditions – notably those led by Elisha Kent Kane, Isaac Israel Hayes, Charles Francis Hall and George Strong Nares – but also because he wrote his own account of these experiences. The memoirs show that Hendrik distinguished himself through his application of survival skills and that he dealt with numerous challenges, including the forced abandonment of ship and drifting for months on an ice floe. Instances of sickness and malnutrition are also recorded, as is the poor treatment that Hendrik and other Inuit sometimes experienced from their employers.


Contents

Introduction

1. The author's home
2. Second northern journey
3. Third journey to the north
4. Fourth journey to the north


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