White Lies About the Inuit (Teaching Culture: UTP by John Steckley

By John Steckley

The Inuit are a well-known a part of Canadian id but in addition unique dwelling within the distant Arctic. the combo of the standard and the unique has led to the production and perpetuation of a few "White Lies." those are tales which were constructed over lengthy sessions of time, reproduced in study rooms, anthropology and sociology textbooks, and different media, yet were hardly challenged, contributing to misunderstandings that experience finally, in sophisticated methods, lowered the stature of Inuit conventional culture. 

In this vigorous ebook, designed in particular for introductory scholars, Steckley unpacks 3 "White Lies"—the fantasy that there are fifty-two phrases for snow, that there are blond, blue-eyed Inuit descended from the Vikings, and that the Inuit ship off their elders to die on ice floes. Debunking those well known myths permits him to demonstrate how wisdom is formed by means of Western social technology, relatively the anthropology of the "Other," and that it may be unsuitable. within the approach, scholars examine not just approximately Inuit tradition, yet concerning the distinction among well known and scholarly research.

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