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White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic
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White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic: The Fur Trade, Transportation, and Change in the Early Twentieth Century

John R. Bockstoce


This book examines the challenges that confronted the peoples of the Western Arctic in the early twentieth century, a result of the collapse of the whaling industry and the nearly simultaneous rise of the market for white fox skins. The fur trade created temporary wealth for the Northerners and induced population movements throughout the region. When the price of white fox skins declined during the 1930s these peoples, who had dispersed for trapping opportunities, consolidated into towns and villages that possessed schools, missions, and stores – a movement that was the beginning of today’s ar ... More

Keywords: Arctic fur trade, Western Arctic, Arctic Canada, Chukotka, Russia, Northern Alaska, Chukchi, Eskimos, Inuit, Arctic marine transportation, ice piloting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221794
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221794.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Bockstoce, author