In 1882 the Smithsonian Institution Arctic scientist Lucien M. Turner travelled to the Ungava District-encompassing Northern Quebec and Labrador-where he spent two years as part of a mission to record meteorological data for an International Polar Year research program. While stationed at the Hudson's Bay Company trading post of Ft. Chimo in Ungava Bay, now the Inuit community of Kuujjuaq, he expanded his observations to studies of the natural history and ethnography of the Inuit and Innu-the aboriginal peoples of the region. His ethnography of the Inuit and Innu people was published in 1984, but his substantial writings on language and natural history never made it to print. His unpublished notes on the mammals of the region, many derived from Inuit and Innu knowledge and stories, are finally presented in this book.
Scott Heyes is a Smithsonian Institution Arctic Studies Center Research Associate and Assistant Professor based at the University of Canberra, Australia. Kristofter Helgen is a Research Zoologist and Curator-in-charge of the Division of Mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Preface by Stephen Loring, Museum Anthropologist and Arctic Archaeologist, Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution.
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