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The Inuit Way

A Journey across Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

by Edward Cooper 

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The Inuit Way – travel narrative of a polar expedition. A gripping account of living with the Inuit in northwest Greenland, before journeying to Canadian Arctic islands. Confronting snow blindness, frostbite and hungry polar bears, explorer Edward Cooper’s mesmerising take on polar travel is part travelogue, part adventure, part cultural history.

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Paperback
ISBN: 9781784779641

Published:  14th Nov 2022
Size:  130 X 198 mm
Edition:  1
Number of pages:  264

About this book

The Inuit Way is a mesmerising take on polar travel by explorer and award-winning researcher Edward Cooper. It is a gripping account of the author’s travels across northwest Greenland, where he spent several months living and hunting with the Inuit. From there, Cooper and teammate venture across the sea ice on to the Canadian Arctic islands. Here, Cooper’s quest is to track down a note left by David Haig-Thomas, a British Arctic explorer, nearly a hundred years previously.
Suffering from snow blindness and frostbite, Fighting off hungry polar bears, surrounded by the white wolves of Ellesmere Island, Edward Cooper and teammate, who was suffering from snow blindness and frostbite, discover a land steeped in culture and history.
Part travelogue, part adventure and part history, this is a thrilling polar travel narrative that offers insights into the people that live in the Arctic year-round. Meet Mikael, a young Inuit hunter who sleeps in a small tent on the sea ice, and fishes for halibut during the winter months. Join Cooper in watching Inuit hunters coach crack teams of dogs across the ice in the year’s first dog race. Get to know a former Danish drug smuggler turned hunter. Experience the realities of Arctic life – drinking water carved from icebergs by giant trucks, and the constraints imposed on sanitation by permafrost and freezing temperatures. And journey with Cooper on a life-endangering expedition, where he falls through a crack in the ice into icy waters while watching his teammate continue onwards, oblivious to danger.
Reflecting on his experience, Cooper appraises Haig-Thomas’s legacy from his time in Greenland, and considers how life has evolved for Inuit families across the following century. Above all, Cooper sensitively discusses Greenland as a litmus test for a world that is evolving geopolitically and through climate change. The Inuit Way is a fascinating book that will be enjoyed by intrepid travellers, adventure junkies, polar enthusiasts, and armchair or real-life explorers as well as people interested in the environment, fishing or indigenous communities.

About the Author

Edward Cooper is an award-winning researcher who holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. After working as a paramedic in South African townships and kayaking across the North Sea, he joined Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ team on the ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition to Antarctica then led the Haig-Thomas expedition in 2015. Cooper has served as a reservist with the Honourable Artillery Company and worked as a consultant to films about remote places. He sits on the board of the Scientific Exploration Society, which supports the next generation of explorers. He has travelled and worked extensively across the world including in the Arctic, Antarctic, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has written extensively about his travels, including several articles on the Arctic in The Telegraph. The Inuit Way is Cooper’s first book.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………..1
CHAPTER 1 Lost……………………………………………………………….10
CHAPTER 2 Haig-Thomas and the
Canadian Arctic Archipelago…………………………….19
CHAPTER 3 The Place of a Thousand Icebergs – Ilulissat………..36
CHAPTER 4 The New Thule – Qaanaaq………………………………..49
CHAPTER 5 Star Stones – Qaanaaq……………………………………..64
CHAPTER 6 Back to the Drawing Board – London………………..75
CHAPTER 7 Into the Cold – Qaanaaq…………………………………..82
CHAPTER 8 The First Sunrise – Qaanaaq……………………………..95
CHAPTER 9 The Coldest Catch – Qaanaaq………………………….106
CHAPTER 10 A New Arrival – Qaanaaq……………………………..118
CHAPTER 11 Freezing Cold in Qeqertarsuaq………………………130
CHAPTER 12 The Old Hunter……………………………………………141
CHAPTER 13 Playing the Walrus……………………………………….151
CHAPTER 14 A Final Challenge – Bowdoin Fjord……………….159
CHAPTER 15 Green for Go – Resolute Bay…………………………174
CHAPTER 16 Eureka! – Ellesmere Island…………………………….187
CHAPTER 17 Cold – Eureka Sound…………………………………….204
CHAPTER 18 Bears – Axel Heiberg…………………………………….218
CHAPTER 19 Accept and Adapt – Axel Heiberg…………………..230
CHAPTER 20 The Final Push – Haig-Thomas Island…………….239
CHAPTER 21 The Journey Back – London…………………………..249