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category: Biography & Autobiography
published: Jan 1983
publisher: Formac Publishing Company Limited
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An Arctic Man

The classic account of sixty-five years in Canada's North

by Ernie Lyall

tagged: adventurers & explorers

Ernie Lyall writes about the north like no one has written about it before: "The main reason I decided to do a book about my that I finally got fed up with all the baloney in so many books written about the north."
Born in Labrador, one of 19 children of a Scottish Hudson's Bay Company cooper, Lyall grew up in a north dominated by white traders. After adventures that took him around the Arctic and down the Labrador coast, Ernie settled in Fort Ross in the Arctic Islands. He married an Inuit woman, Nipisha, and immediately became part of her extended family. Ernie writes warmly about his Inuit friends and family, and about daily life in the Arctic and the remarkable transformation of the north that has occured in the last 40 years.
An Arctic Man tells about life in the north as it is actually lived, by its native and non-native inhabitants alike; it offers a rare, privileged view of the peoples of the Canadian Arctic.

About the Author

Ernie Lyall

ERNIE LYALL lived his entire life in the Canadian north, learning the culture and techniques of its Inuit inhabitants.
Contributor Notes

ERNIE LYALL has lived his entire life in the Canadian north, learning the culture and techniques of its Inuit inhabitants.

Editorial Reviews

"This may well be the best insider's account of what it's like to endure--and enjoy--day-to-day life in the Canadian north."

— Books in Canada

"A book that's utterly Canadian: the story, told without pretension, of an ordinary man living in an extraordinary piece of geography and helping to change it."

— Canadian Press

"First published in 1979, this memoir by a former Hudson's Bay employee not only offers a unique perspective about Inuit life as it was actually lived on the land but also illustrates how change, southern influence, and the move into permanent communities affected their society. Reprinted with a new foreword."

— Prairie Books Now, Fall 2011

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