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The peoples of the Arctic
Osborn, Kevin, 1959-
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Publication Information:
New York : Chelsea House, [1990]

Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Discusses the history, culture, and religion of the Inuit and the Aleuts, their place in American society, and the problems they face as an ethnic group in North America.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 10.3 4.0 8395.
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E99.E7 O77 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Discusses the history, culture, and religion of the Inuit and the Aleuts, their place in American society, and the problems they face as an ethnic group in North America.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. Several more entries in the ongoing Peoples of North America series include The West Indian Americans by Miriam Klevan, The Serbian Americans by Jerome Kisslinger, The Iberian Americans by Sue Fagalde Lick, The Bulgarian Americans by Claudia Carlson and David Allen, and one of the more interesting offerings, The Peoples of the Arctic. Unlike other books in the series, which deal with immigrant groups, this looks at native Americans: the Inuit, the Aleuts, and the Arctic Indians. Though the writing is on the dry side, the information is serviceable for use in reports and intriguing in its own right. Topics covered include the Arctic peoples' history, their life-styles, and the problems they face in terms of assimilation. Unlike other groups featured in these books, these native Americans must deal with the special problems of land use, mining and fishing rights, and questions of the environment. Black-and-white photographs appear on almost every page, but there is an attractive inset of color photos as well. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-- A book that will entertain and spark readers' imaginations. Osborn shows the historical changes of Arctic peoples and their life, and also gives sufficient detail about the many peoples who have settled the rim of the Arctic Ocean and the nearby cold-weather territories. He includes the landscape, climate, and resources, interspersing these topics with information about the language variants and the names of Arctic objects and phenomena with peoples' adjustments and attitudes in the varying locations from Alaska through Canada, Greenland, and the Siberian Arctic Rim. He deals especially well with the Spirit Culture, and gives a fairly detailed comparison of the modern technological invasion and the traditional way of life. The questions of competition and land-holding are brought up to the present with some information on both Alaskan and Canadian land settlements. The problem of oil exploration and production is not dealt with in detail but is suggested. The impact of technology on the environment, animal life, and resources is also touched on lightly, and the shifts in social life with the advent of new schools and health care are merely suggested. However, the book reads well, and will serve report writers as well as recreational readers. The black-and-white photographs and reproductions are of good quality, and there is a section of full-color photos. --Elizabeth Morrissett, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.