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People of Noatak Claire Fejes

People of Noatak

Claire Fejes

Published January 28th 1966
ISBN : 9780394442075
368 pages
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What a soul filled book. The author/artist was able to depict the ancient Eskimo culture with the written word just as skillfully, and beautifully, as the pictures she sketched, and painted of the Eskimos. She had such passion for her art- resulting in adventures up the Noatak River, Alaska, to record these ancient cultures before they were gone forever. To quote Claire Fejes, I had not viewed Sheskalik as an anthropologist or scientist but as a woman and an artist. She had to gain the trust of these very remote, primitive people, that were not immediately trusting even if she was a kind white woman- still an intruder. She became part of the Eskimo family/community over the ten years journaled in this book. Love and relationships grew out of enduring adverse living conditions together, by taking potentially deadly boat rides up the Noatak River, to experience the real Eskimo life. Claire Fejes said she wanted to paint the Eskimos to show the spirit of love in man. I think she accomplished that. I love this book.