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Crow Never Dies

Life on the Great Hunt

by (author) Larry Frolick

foreword by Paul Carlucci

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2016
Territories & Nunavut, Physical, Polar Regions
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    Jul 2016
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    Sep 2016
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    Apr 2018
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“It was a different crow, but the same crow, you understand? Because there is only one Crow. God made them all black and identical-looking because there is no reason for them to be different birds. That’s why you can never kill a crow, because it lives forever. Crow never dies!” — James Itsi

For over 50,000 years, the Great Hunt has shaped human existence, creating a vital spiritual reality where people, animals, and the land share intimate bonds. Author Larry Frolick takes the reader deep into one of the last refuges of hunting societies: Canada’s far north. Based on his experiences travelling with First Nations Elders in remote communities across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, this vivid narrative combines accounts of daily life, unpublished archival records, First Nations' stories and Traditional Knowledge with personal observation to illuminate the northern wilderness, its people, and the complex relationships that exist among them.

About the authors

Larry G. Frolick graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in both law and anthropology. He practiced family law for twenty years, during a time when the divorce rate skyrocketed in North America. His previous work about children has won international awards. Openly critical of our legal and medical systems, which he feels have failed the people, Frolick insists we need a radical personal approach to divorce today. He has two children, and lives in Toronto's Beaches district, in a "library with a bed."

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Paul Carlucci’s first collection of short fiction,The Secret Life of Fission, won the 2013 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His second collection, A Plea for Constant Motion, was published to critical acclaim in 2017. His stories have also been published in numerous magazines and journals, including Malahat Review, subTerrain, Fiddlehead, and New Quarterly.

A former journalist, Carlucci has lived across Canada — including eighteen months in Hay River, NWT, while writing The High-Rise in Fort Fierce — as well as Ghana and Zambia. He now resides in Ottawa.

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  • Short-listed, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (Adventure & Recreation)

Editorial Reviews

"[P]art travelogue, part philosophical inquiry, part participant-observation ethnography—and a wholehearted celebration of the North. Crow Never Dies is laid out in four sections, documenting cultural events and subsistence activities associated with each season.... Every chapter is built around personal conversations with Northern elders, hunters, and story-tellers.... [R]eaders looking for a refreshing and off-the-beaten-path look at Canada’s warming North, will not be disappointed by Crow Never Dies." The Goose, Vol. 15:2

The Goose

"...informative, insightful, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and consistently compelling from beginning to end.... Crow Never Dies is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Canadian Aboriginal Culture reference collections..."

Reviewer's Bookwatch

"The author writes with obvious delight, indeed lyricism, about the people and the environment... To potential readers who have a love for the Arctic, its landscapes, seasons, and peoples, I highly recommend this beautifully composed and lyrical description of the traditions and way of life that struggle to keep their place in the modern world."

Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research

"Larry Frolick sets out to immserse himself in the actual physical place of the North, as opposed to literary and imaginative vesions of it... The resulting volume is part travelogue, part philosophical inquiry, part participant-observation ethnography--and a wholehearted celebration of the North.... Every chapter is built around personal conversations with Northern elders, hunters, and story-tellers."

The Goose, Vol. 15, Iss. 2

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