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Portrait of an Eskimo Family

By (author) Jean L. Briggs
Genres: Anthropology
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, United States
Published: 1st Jul 1974
Dimensions: w 142mm h 219mm d 32mm
Weight: 420g
ISBN-10: 0674608283
ISBN-13: 9780674608283
Barcode No: 9780674608283
Jean Briggs journeyed to the Canadian Northwest Territories in the summer of 1963 to begin a seventeen-month anthropological field study of the small group of Eskimos who live at the mouth of the Back River, northwest of Hudson Bay. Living with an Eskimo family as their "adopted" daughter-sharing their iglu during the winter and pitching her tent next to theirs in the summer-Miss Briggs observed the emotional patterns of the Eskimos in the context of their daily life. In this perceptive and highly enjoyable volume the author presents a behavioral description of Eskimo character through a series of vignettes of individuals interacting with members of their family and with their neighbors. Finding herself at times the object of instruction, she describes the training of the child toward achievement of the proper adult personality and the handling of deviations from this desired behavior.

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Absorbingly and affectingly written. A remarkable that bids to become an anthropological classic. Publishers' Weekly