The Long Exile

The Long Exile

A Tale of Inuit Betrayal and Survival in the High Arctic

Book - 2007
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In 1952, the Canadian government forcibly relocated three dozen Inuit from their flourishing home on the Hudson Bay to the barren, arctic landscape of Ellesmere Island, the most northerly landmass on the planet. Among this group was Josephie Flaherty, the unrecognized, half-Inuit son of filmmaker Robert Flaherty, director of Nanook of the North . In a narrative rich with human drama, Melanie McGrath follows three generations of the Flaherty family--Robert, Josephie, and Josephie's daughters--to bring this extraordinary tale of deception and harsh deprivation to life.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781400032884
Branch Call Number: 305.89712
Characteristics: xi, 268 p. : map ; 23 cm.


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May 01, 2018

Forced relocation and survival of the Inuit of Inukjuak in the far far almost uninhabitable north, by the Canadian government. It's a sad and unfortunately true tale. The people and their culture are well described and contrasts made with the classic 1922 movie by Robert Flaherty - Nanook of the North. There is plentiful information on Robert Flaherty and his Inuit son,Joseph, whom he left behind and never saw.

Jan 08, 2018

An absolutely wonderful book! One of the saddest true stories I have read. A well researched book of a Canadian Arctic Gulag.


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