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History Polar Regions

The Dundurn Arctic Culture and Sovereignty Library

Pike's Portage/Death Wins in the Arctic/Arctic Naturalist/Arctic Obsession/Arctic Twilight/Arctic Front/Canoeing North Into the Unknown/Arctic Revolution/In the Shadow of the Pole/Voices From the Odeyak

by (author) Michael Posluns, Bruce W. Hodgins, S.L. Osborne, Kerry Karram, Ken S. Coates, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrion, Greg Poelzer, Anthony Dalton, Alexis S. Troubetzkoy, John David Hamilton & Claudia Coutu Radmore

edited by Morten Asfeldt & Bob Henderson

foreword by Pete Seeger

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2014
Polar Regions, Security (National & International), Native American
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This special bundle is your essential guide to all things concerning Canada’s polar regions, which make up the majority of Canada’s territory but are places most of us will never visit. The Arctic has played a key role in Canada’s history and in the history of the indigenous peoples of this land, and the area will only become more strategically and economically important in the future. This bundle provides an in-depth crash course, including titles on Arctic exploration (Arctic Obsession), Native issues (Arctic Twilight), sovereignty (In the Shadow of the Pole), adventure and survival (Death Wins in the Arctic), and military issues (Arctic Front). Let this collection be your guide to the far reaches of this country.

  • Arctic Front
  • Arctic Naturalist
  • Arctic Obsession
  • Arctic Revolution
  • Arctic Twilight
  • Death Wins in the Arctic
  • In the Shadow of the Pole
  • Pike’s Portage
  • Voices From the Odeyak

About the authors

Michael Posluns has been writing about First Nations concerns since 1970. In 1973, he co-authored The Fourth World: An Indian Reality with George Manuel. He produced radio documentaries on the Long House Confederacy while working as an assistant editor of Akwesasne Notes. In 1983, he co-authored The First Nations and the Crown: A Study of a Trust Relationship for the House of Commons Special Committee on Indian Self-Government. In 1986, he wrote A Practical Guide to Indian Ontario, a portrait of traditional family life in three First nations cultures. In 1990, he edited Songs for the People: Teachings on the Natural Way., the writings of Art Solomon a Nishnawbe elder.

Michael Posluns' profile page

Morten Asfeldt has travelled extensively in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut on personal canoe, hiking and dogsled adventures, s a commercial canoe and raft guide, and with students as part of his teaching at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. Morten has published in academic journals and magazines, and has contributed a chapter to Nature First (Toronto: Natural Heritage Books-Dundurn Press, 2007). In addition, Mortn's photographs from the North appea in a number of books, magazines, brochures, and websites. Morten lives in Camrose with his wife, Krystal, and their two children, Jasper and Kaisa.

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Bob Henderson has taught outdoor education at McMaster for twenty-eight years, often sharing stories on the trail involving characters and events related in this book. Bob is the author of Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada (Toronto: Natural Heritage Books-Dundurn Press, 2005) and co-editor with Nils Vikander of Nature First: Outdoor Life in Friluftsliv Way (Toronto: Natural Heritage Books-Dundurn Press 2007). Bob lives in Uxbridge, Ontario.

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Bruce W. Hodgins is professor emeritus of history, Trent University, and recipient of the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Award for the North, 2000.

Ute Lischke teaches German and film studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is co-editor of Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations (WLUP, 2005).

David T. McNab teaches Native Studies at the School of Arts and Letters in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University, Toronto, and is a public historian who has worked for more than a quarter century on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. He is co-editor of Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations (WLUP, 2005) and editor of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: Studies in Canadian Ethnohistory (WLUP, 1998) for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig. He is also author of Circles of Time: Aboriginal Land Rights and Resistance in Ontario (WLUP, 1999).

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S.L. Osborne’s master’s thesis on Captain Bernier blossomed into an obsession with Canadian Arctic history. She has worked as a freelance writer for various federal government departments and is currently the publications officer at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. S.L. Osborne lives in Ottawa.

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Kerry Karram, in 2008, found her grandfather's diary inside a worn, dusty envelope. Her grandfather was Andy Cruickshank, and his diary chronicled the most extensive aviation search and rescue in Canadian history. Kerry loves the great outdoors, particularly the North, and the slopes of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is where she calls home.

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Ken S. Coates was raised in Whitehorse and has a long-standing interest in northern themes. Titles include Canada’s Colonies, The Sinking of the Princess Sophia, The Modern North, North to Alaska (on the building of the Alaska Highway) and many academic books. He has worked on north-centred television documentaries and served as a consultant to northern governments and organizations. He is currently Professor of History and Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo.

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P. Whitney Lackenbauer is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo, and a faculty associate with the LCMSDS.

Peter Kikkert recently completed his M.A. at the University of Waterloo and is a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Western Ontario.


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William Robert Morrison is a Canadian historian of the Canadian North. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Morrison received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University in 1963 and a Master of Arts from the same university the following year.

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Greg Poelzer is a leading expert on Circumpolar affairs and the politics of the modern North. He has many years of experience in Russia and Scandinavia and has a long-standing interest in Arctic affairs in Canada. He is also founding Dean of Undergraduate Affairs for the University of the Arctic. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Saskatchewan.

Greg Poelzer's profile page

Anthony Dalton is an adventurer, author and public speaker. Between 1970 and 1980 he led regular expeditions across the Sahara, through the deserts of the Middle East and into the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. In 1984 he travelled hundreds of nautical miles along the Arctic coast of north-western Alaska alone in an inflatable speedboat. In 1994 he joined twelve members of the Cree First Nation on a traditional York boat voyage on the Hayes River between Norway House and Oxford House. While canoeing the second half of the Hayes River from Oxford House to York Factory in 2000 he participated in a television documentary on great Canadian rivers for the Discovery Channel.

Dalton has written five non-fiction books and collaborated on two others. His illustrated non-fiction articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in twenty countries and nine languages. He is currently working on two television documentaries based on his books.

Anthony Dalton is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a Member of the Welsh Academy and National President of the Canadian Authors Association.

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Alexis S. Troubetzkoy, the scion of a Russian princely family, has served as the Russian representative for the International Orthodox Christian Charities. He is the author of Imperial Legend, the Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I, A Brief History of the Crimean War, and Arctic Obsession: The Lure of the Far North. He lives in Toronto.

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John David Hamilton is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster who now lives near Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto. His grandfather was a pioneer cattle dealer who first visited Winnipeg at the start of the railroad boom in 1881. His father was a homesteader on the virgin prairie. He himself was conceived on a bush cattle ranch in Manitoba and spent his early years in remote settlements with his mother who was a frontier school teacher. He started on the Winnipeg Free Press and later was a foreign correspondent in New York, documentary maker for the CBC, and author of the comprehensive social and political history of the Northwest Territories, Arctic Revolution, also published by Dundurn Press.

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CLAUDIA COUTU RADMORE is a Montrealer who writes and paints in Carleton Place, Ontario. A former teacher who has taught in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and China, Claudia trained teachers in the South Pacific for three years. Her first publication was a pre-school manual in Bislama, one of the national languages of Vanuatu.

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Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and activist.

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People, Politics, and Purpose

Biography and Canadian Political History

edited by Greg Donaghy & P. Whitney Lackenbauer

The Joint Arctic Weather Stations

Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972

by (author) Daniel Heidt & P. Whitney Lackenbauer

Breaking Through

Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

edited by Wilfrid Greaves & P. Whitney Lackenbauer

Reconsidering Confederation

Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864-1999

edited by Daniel Heidt
contributions by J.R. Miller, Marcel Martel, Colin Coates, Martin Pâquet, Maxime Gohier, Phillip Buckner, Robert Wardhaugh, Barry Ferguson, Patricia Roy, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ken S. Coates, Bill Waiser, Raymond B. Blake & Andre Legare

Roots of Entanglement

Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations

by (author) Myra Rutherdale, Kerry Abel & P. Whitney Lackenbauer

China's Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada

by (author) P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Adam Lajeunesse, Frederic Lasserre & James Manicom

Ice Blink

Navigating Northern Environmental History

edited by Stephen Bocking & Brad Martin
contributions by Tina Adcock, Emelie Cameron, Hans M. Carlson, Marionne Cronin, Matthew Farish, Arn Keeling, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Tina Loo, Paul Nadasdy, Jonathan Peyton, Liza Piper, John Sandlos & Andrew Stuhl

A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North

Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870-1939

by (author) Gordon W. Smith
edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer
foreword by Tom and Nell Smith

Blockades or Breakthroughs?

Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State

edited by Yale D. Belanger & P. Whitney Lackenbauer

The Canadian Rangers

A Living History

by (author) P. Whitney Lackenbauer

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