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5.5 x 8.5, 438 pages, black & white photos, maps, appendix, index

Format: paper

Price: $20.00

1991, Classic Reprint no. 1

Arctic Village

A 1930s Portrait of Wiseman, Alaska

by Marshall, Robert



"[Arctic Village] has long been a favorite among Alaskana fans." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

"An enduring classic . . . one of the finest books ever written about Alaska. . . . Finally, we have a nicely produced edition that will win new fans." (Alaska Magazine)

This classic is an original work of literature by one of America's foremost conservationists and is an account of the people of the north, both Native and white, who give Alaska its special human flavor. First published over fifty years ago, the book is still a favorite among old-time Alaskans and, over the years, has prompted numerous readers to pack up and move to Alaska.

The richness of statistical coverage in this book, and Marshall's careful descriptions of the characters he met, provide readers with a window to the world of 1930 and a nearly complete record of the Koyukuk civilization as he saw it. Readers learn what the people of Wiseman thought about sex, religion, politics, and the myriad of ways they found to cope with and enjoy life in a wilderness community.

Robert Marshall is well remembered for his contributions to wilderness preservation. A founder of the Wilderness Society in 1935, and he carried forward John Muir's battle standard for conservation. As with Muir, Marshall's personal appeal and persuasive arguments reached beyond his immediate circle to gain adherence to the cause. He is considered the inspiration for the creation of Alaska's eight-million-acre Gates of the Arctic National Park, and today the one-million-acre Bob Marshall Area in Montana commemorates his name. He is author of numerous influential essays and two books. (From Alaska Magazine)

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