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Jonathan Watermans 2,200-mile journey across the roof of North America took him through Inuit communities in Alaska to Nunavut, Canadas new, self-governed territory. His story offers firsthand observations of Inuit life, language, and beliefs-MoreJonathan Watermans 2,200-mile journey across the roof of North America took him through Inuit communities in Alaska to Nunavut, Canadas new, self-governed territory. His story offers firsthand observations of Inuit life, language, and beliefs- records their reactions to modernization- documents their centuries of unjust treatment at the hands of Kabloona (bushy-eyebrowed whites)- and witnesses unemployment, teen suicide, spousal violence, and substance abuse. From the perspective of his 1997 - 1999 voyage - as the Inuit stand on the brink of a more hopeful, independent future - he also looks into a past marked by famous (or infamous) Arctic explorers, governement cover-ups, and environmental destruction.This beautifully written work reveals the perils of crossing the Northwest Passage. Utterly alone for weeks at a time, struggling against freezing conditions, tricks played on him by his own mind, aggresive bears, stormy seas, and mosquito blizzards, Waterman arrives at a profound understanding of environment and culture. (6 x 9, 368 pages, color photos, b&w photos)Jonathan Waterman has worked as a naturalist, Outward Bound instructor, park ranger, boatman, mountain guide, freelance writer, magazine editor, and director of a small press. He developed the television documentaries The Logan Challenge for PBS- Surviving Denali (which won an Emmy), for ESPN- and Odyssey Among the Inuit for the Outdoor Life Network. He began traveling to the Arctic twenty years ago.