Our Summer with the Eskimos, by Constance Helmericks

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ISBN: 9781941890387
Memoir

Our Summer with the Eskimos, by Constance Helmericks

In the fall of 1944, Constance and Harmon “Bud” Helmericks built a cabin and overwintered in Alaska’s remote Brooks Range. With spring melt, they resumed their odyssey north, intent on crossing the Continental Divide to explore the arctic barrens beyond. Our Summer with the Eskimos, Connie’s third bestselling book, continues the true story of their 26-month trek through a beautiful and unforgiving wilderness across the top of Alaska. Written from Bud’s perspective, it vividly describes their journey down the Colville River to the Arctic Ocean, where they are be-friended by nomadic Iñupiat families who still live by ancient traditions. Although accustomed to self-reliance, the young couple realize their survival on the tundra will depend on the kindness and knowledge of strangers whose language they don’t understand.

Connie Helmericks, arctic adventurer and author, was a wild spirit who yearned for adventure in an era of obedient women. In 1941, when she was twenty-three, she persuaded her husband to leave Arizona for the Alaska wilds. Her successful books and their documentaries came later. She passed away in 1987.

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