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Mary’s Igloo, Alaska


Position:
65°9’S 16°54’E

Datemark:

July 2000

Mission:
Interview Kauwerak Eskimo people and scientific researchers

Under Auspices of:
Soundprint

Transport:
Commercial air to Nome; truck to Teller; power boat to Mary’s Igloo

Results:
Radio documentary

SYPNOPSIS
Could research on tree rings prove true a legend about the near extermination of the Kauwerak Eskimo people? I joined an Eskimo family on a pilgrimage to their ancestral home, and a Columbia-University climate scientist to his research site, to discover how fire in far-off Iceland might have caused ice in Alaska and forced a mother to take heroic measures to save her child.


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