Esker Mike & His Wife, Agiluk is a social satire about Eskimo life in the Mackenzie River Delta and how it is affected by white settlers, priests and government officials. The play is also a tragic reflection on the role of women who are forced to bear children in a society that cannot afford to support them.
Born in Alberta in 1936, Herschel Hardin has written many non-fiction books on Canadian society and politics, and plays including Esker Mike and His Wife, Agiluk (1973) and The Great Wave of Civilization (1976). He recently ran for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. He lives in West Vancouver, B.C.