The Long Exile

The Long Exile

A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic

Book - 2007
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"In 1922 an Irish-American adventurer named Robert Flaherty made a film about Inuit life in the Arctic. Nanook of the North featured a mythical Eskimo hunter who lived in an igloo with his family in a frozen Eden. Nanook's story captured the world's imagination." "Thirty years later, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from the east coast of Hudson Bay to a region of the high arctic that was 1,200 miles farther north. Hailing from a land rich in caribou and arctic foxes, whales and seals, pink saxifrage and heather, the Inuit were taken to Ellesmere Island, an arid and desolate landscape of shale and ice virtually devoid of life. The most northerly landmass on the planet, Ellesmere is blanketed in darkness for four months of the year. There the exiles were left to live on their own with little government support and few provisions." "Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized half-Inuit son of Robert Flaherty, who never met his father. In a narrative rich with human drama and heartbreak, Melanie McGrath uses the story of three generations of the Flaherty family - the filmmaker; his illegitimate son, Josephie; and Josephie's daughters, Mary and Martha - to bring this tale of mistreatment and deprivation to life."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400040476
Characteristics: xi, 268 p. : map ; 23 cm


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May 01, 2018

Forced relocation and survival of the Inuit of Inukjuak in the far far almost uninhabitable north, by the Canadian government. It's a sad and unfortunately true tale. The people and their culture are well described and contrasts made with the classic 1922 movie by Robert Flaherty - Nanook of the North. There is plentiful information on Robert Flaherty and his Inuit son,Joseph, whom he left behind and never saw.

Jan 08, 2018

An absolutely wonderful book! One of the saddest true stories I have read. A well researched book of a Canadian Arctic Gulag.

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