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Alaska's daughter: an Eskimo memoir of the early twentieth century

Alaska's daughter: an Eskimo memoir of the early twentieth century

Pinson, Elizabeth Bernhardt, 1912-

"Elizabeth B. Pinson shares with us her memories of Alaska's emergence into a new and modern era, bearing witness to history in the early twentieth century as she recalls it. She draws us into her world as a young girl of mixed ethnicity, with a mother whose Eskimo family had resided on the Seward Peninsula for generations and a father of German heritage. Growing up in and near the tiny village of Teller on the Bering Strait, Elizabeth at the age of six, despite a harrowing, long midwinter sled ride to rescue her, lost both her legs to frostbite when her grandparents, with whom she was spending the winter in their traditional Eskimo home, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. Fitted with artificial legs financed by an eastern benefactor, Elizabeth kept journals of her struggles, triumphs, and adventures, recording her impressions of the changing world around her and experiences with the motley characters she met. These included Roald Amundsen, whose dirigible landed in Teller after crossing the Arctic Circle; the ill-fated 1921 British colonists of Wrangel Island in the Arctic; trading ship captains and crews; prospectors; doomed aviators; and native reindeer herders. Elizabeth moved on to boarding school, marriage, and the state of Washington, where she compiled her records into this memoir and where, at age ninety-two, she now lives."--Publisher's description

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Published Logan : Utah State University Press 2004

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Statement of responsibility: Elizabeth Bernhardt Pinson
ISBN: 0874215056, 0874215919, 087421596X, 9780874215052, 9780874215915, 9780874215960
Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 206) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 212 pages) : illustrations, map
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Subject: Pinson, Elizabeth Bernhardt, 1912-; Inupiat Alaska Teller Social life and customs.; Inupiat women Alaska Teller Social conditions.; Inupiat women Alaska Teller Biography.; HISTORY General.; Teller (Alaska) History.; JUVENILE NONFICTION Biography & Autobiography Science & Technology.; Alaska History.; JUVENILE NONFICTION History State & Local.; Teller (Alaska) Social life and customs.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access