Books: A Stone-Age Winter

Stone-Age Winter

KABLOONA—Gontran de Poncins—Reynal & Hitchcock ($3).

Gontran de Poncins is a French ethnographer who can also draw, make photographs and write. A highly civilized man, he felt in 1938 a need for simplification, and removed himself to King William Land, an island not far from the Magnetic Pole. There he spent fall, winter and spring among a people withdrawn some 20,000 years from civilization, a stone-age remnant: the Netsilik Eskimos. Kabloona (Eskimo for white man), written in collaboration with Lewis Galantière, is his description of that strange year.

Eskimo life, the most...

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