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Midnight to the North: The Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition
Midnight to the North: The Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition by Sheila Nickerson 1585421332 9781585421336
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Midnight to the North: The Inuit Woman Who Saved the Polaris Expedition by Sheila Nickerson

In 1871, Charles Francis Halls Polaris expedition set out to be the first official American party to reach the North Pole. Five months later, the Polaris had become locked in ice and Hall was dead-likely murdered. The expedition members were set adrift for six months on the icy seas: a fifteen-hundred-mile journey that all survived, thanks to the skills of Halls translator, Tookoolito, a thirty-four-year-old woman subsequently referred to as the Sacagawea of the Ice. In Midnight to the North, Sheila Nickerson brings to life the emotional struggle of a wildly various group of people forced to stay together-despite one anothers self-centered failings-during circumstances of extreme desperation. Imaginatively re-creating Tookoolitos life, she describes the Inuit womans decades-long relationship with Hall; her presentation to the English court and experience as an exhibit in P. T. Barnums museum; and the undermining of her sturdy faith in her native heritage by Halls stern and often treacherous world. A meticulously researched, gripping story of awesome peril and fascinating insight, Midnight to the Northdebunks contemporary Polaris accounts and reveals an untold side of Arctic exploration.

Author: Sheila Nickerson

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: Tarcher

Publication Date: 2002-03-04

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