Winter in the Arctic Regions. by C. Tomlinson. with an Intr. Notice on the North-West Passage [&C.]

Winter in the Arctic Regions. by C. Tomlinson. with an Intr. Notice on the North-West Passage [&C.]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... as many inhabited apartments, one on each side, and the other facing us as we entered. The interior of these presented a scene no less novel than interesting. The women were seated on the beds at the sides of the huts, each having her little fireplace or lamp, with all her domestic utensils about her; the children crept behind their mothers, and the dogs, except the female ones, which were indulged with a part of the beds, slunk out past us in dismay." The natives were evidently in their best apparel, and made a very neat appearance; the darkness of their deer-skin dresses affording a strong contrast to the brilliancy of their habitations. Their behaviour was in the highest degree orderly, respectful, and good-humoured. They eagerly received the knives, nails, needles, and other articles given to them, either by way of barter, or as presents; but they did not importune their visitors for presents, as the noisy natives of Hudson's Strait are accustomed to do. They also differed from these people in being remarkably honest. "If we dropped a glove or a handkerchief without THE ESQUIMAUX VISIT THE SHIPS. 171 knowing it, they would immediately direct our attention to it by pointing; and if the owner had left the hut before they discovered it, would run out after him to return it." After remaining a couple of hours with them, Parry and his party returned to the ships accompanied by about fifty of the natives of both sexes. They expressed much less surprise and curiosity than might have been expected on their first visit; but they soon had an opportunity of showing their fondness for merriment, for on Captain Lyon ordering his fiddler up on the Hecla's deck, they danced with the men for an hour, and then returned in high glee and good...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488970
  • 9781236488978