The Only Eskimo Woman an the American Platform
BORN at the northern tip of Baffin Island—400 miles from the North Pole—raised as a nomadic Eskimo—hunting, trapping, singing, laughing, chewing skins for boot-making—Anauta came to this country by a most amazing series of adventures. Adopting a Scotch baby when its mother died shortly after its birth in the far north, seeing her husband and the baby's father perish when their canoe capsized in Hudson Bay, she was persuaded by the captain of a trading vessel to bring the orphaned baby to its grandparents at St. Johns, Newfoundland—along with her own two little girls.
In her lectures, Anauta gives glimpses of her Arctic life and adventures in simple, graphic English—a series of word pictures one never forgets. With her unfailing humor, it is a gripping story of an utterly different life from any we know.
Through Anauta's eyes one sees Nanook, the big polar bear, cautiously pulling herself out on the ice to a seal's blow-hole, and capturing the seal. One sees Eskimo children brought up from the mother's hood to rollicking, intrepid hunters, skilled craftsmen and considerate self-sacrificing friends. One sees marriage beginning with male conquest and female resistance, and continuing as companionship and co-operation. One learns how snow houses are built, how hardships are met, how rights are recognized, how people can live together without attention to meal hours—with no knowledge of their age, with no cooking, no contagious diseases, and no laws or government. Those who hear Anauta, have an experience—unique, amusing, educative, and altogether fascinating. Anauta, now an American citizen, has children grown and participating in American life. Anauta has given hundreds of lectures, to the great delight and enjoyment of every audience.
Anauta's life is told in a fascinating new book
The biography of a Baffiland Eskimo woman
HELUIZ CHANDLER WASHBURNE
in collaboration with
John Day Company, New York, 1940
MANAGEMENT: WILL J. McEWEN, 824 BERKELEY ROAD, COLUMBUS, OHIO
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