Ten months among the tents of the Tuski
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William Hulme Hooper. Ten months among the tents of the Tuski. London, 1853.
Not knowing how far west Franklin’s expedition had penetrated,
search parties were sent from the west, and overland from Hudson Bay,
as well as following Franklin’s own course from the east. Hooper
was a lieutenant on an Admiralty expedition that explored the Arctic coastline
by whaleboat from Wainwright Alaska, to the mouth of the Mackenzie River
in 1849-50. After sailing through the Bering strait their ship was blown
west, and they were forced to winter on the Chukchi Peninsula of Siberia
before being able to begin their search. His book is chiefly made up of
description of the customs and beliefs of the Tuski (Chukchi) , the Inuit,
and the Dene , their similarities and differences, and their relations
with the members of the expedition.