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PostPosted: November 8th, 2012, 1:40 pm 
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Set in the late 1920's, this is a fascinating account of a Norwegian's (a lawyer who turned his back on the rat race) experiences living among North America's last hunter-gatherers. Ingstad delivers an intimate account of what life must have been like for thousands of years for such people, although by 1920 they had been impacted by white man civilization. Ie. they hunted with guns, used metal stoves and dealt with the Hudson's Bay Co.

I have read books by other authors living with the Inuit but I found this account more interesting. This is because the hunter-gatherer people in the Land of Feast and Famine were essentially forest dwellers and as such we gain a first-hand window of insight into what life might have been like for emerging Homo sapiens in Europe and Asia a many millennia ago.

Winter campers, hunters, armchair anthropologists, woodsmen, survivalists, wanderers and anybody stuck in a 6x6 cubicle all day will be totally envious of and full of admiration for the author of this fine book.


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Could that be the same man who, with his wife, discovered the Viking settlement at Lance Aux Meadows?(Same name, anyway)

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wotrock wrote:
Could that be the same man who, with his wife, discovered the Viking settlement at Lance Aux Meadows?(Same name, anyway)

Yup. Same dude.


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I read the Ingstads' book about their Viking discovery. It's not a very well written book but it does describe quite an amazing piece of detective work. I wonder if he had a ghost writer for the book you read.

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PostPosted: November 9th, 2012, 3:17 pm 
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Actually, I purchased the book at the l'Anse aux Meadows store.

The writing style is straightforward, somewhat matter of fact and very clear. It's chronological and descriptive, detailing his and his companions' day to day activities while exploring and hunting. I would think that only a very few people would be able to do what Ingstad did.


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