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About the Author

Lawrence Millman has written fifteen books, including such titles as Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, NORTHERN LATITUDES, An Evening Among Headhunters, HIKING TO SIBERIA, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, and most recently the first ever guidebook to New England mushrooms. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside. As a traveler, he chooses his destinations based on the Internet: if a place doesn't have a website, he'll immediately pack his bags and head there. He keeps a post office box in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Timothy White is one of the most sought-after celebrity photographers in the country. His work has appeared in some of the most recognizable movie posters of our time, the covers of countless high-profile publications, and dozens of album covers for an extraordinary roster of musicians. He is the author of Portraits (2001), Indian Larry (2006), and Hollywood Pinups (2008). He lives in New York City.

Lawrence Millman has written fifteen books, including such titles as Our Like Will Not Be There Again, Last Places, NORTHERN LATITUDES, An Evening Among Headhunters, HIKING TO SIBERIA, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, and most recently the first ever guidebook to New England mushrooms. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside. As a traveler, he chooses his destinations based on the Internet: if a place doesn't have a website, he'll immediately pack his bags and head there. He keeps a post office box in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: International Folk Tales (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Books (April 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566565251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566565257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Hudson on May 17, 2006
Ignore the eggheads reviewing this book. I lived in Alaska for years. Eskimos, Inuets, etc. are some of the most "humane" people you could ever meet. Perhaps retelling the violence and "perversions" of their myths and stories is one reason these people are so gentle and considerate in actual life, a lesson lost on Puritan America.
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Expertly compiled and deftly retold by Lawrence Millman, A Kayak Full Of Ghosts: Eskimo Folk Tales is the first comprehensive anthology of Eskimo folk tales to be published in more than sixty years. Sometimes bawdy, sometimes bizarre, sometimes gruesome, and sometimes magical, the narrated stories comprising A Kayak Full Of Ghosts are a reflection of rich cultural heritage and of survival in a harsh land. Highly recommended for Native American Studies and Mythology/Folklore collections, A Kayak Full Of Ghosts is also a simple joy to read from cover to cover.
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A vividly strange (and sometimes gruesome) but rich collection of Eskimo folktales from the barren, frigid Arctic. These odd tales weave themes of magic, taboo, old age and death throughout. They are derived from a remote land and a highly imaginative oral tradition.
To give you an idea, some of the specific stories describe men who marry rocks and old people who marry insects, children who grow antlers, children who eat their parents, animals who steal body parts from human corpses and women with iron tails.
This collection is a great read, (...and not for the queasy).
Highly recommended for any kayakers with a fascination for Greenland and Innuit history & culture
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A great collection of unique tales from the north. Some of the English could be better, but that's overcome by the excellent storytelling.
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Exemplary story-telling. The Inuit storytellers who created these tales made them to be re-told, to be laughed at, gasped at, wondered at, by ordinary people. Millman has done a service to readers. The ghosts of the original Inuit storytellers are undoubtedly more gratified by Millman joyfully sharing these tales with you and I, than by university libraries full of unreadable line-by-line literal translations prefaced with lengthy ethnographic "context." These stories can speak for themselves, and Millman allows them that.

I prize my rare and expensive academic Inuit ethnographies. But I simply love reading this book. These stories were meant to be enjoyed and shared, not just stuffed and cataloged.

JNH
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