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Lobsticks and Stone Cairns: Human Landmarks in the Arctic


Edited by Richard C. Davis

$29.95 CAD / $34.95 USD (S)

340 pages, 177 illustrations

8.5 x 8 inches

978-1-55238-390-2 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-89517-688-9 (Hardback)

978-1-89517-669-8 (Paperback)

September 1996

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About the Book

In Lobsticks and Stone Cairns, over one hundred Arctic stories are told about adventurers, military officers, authors, guides, cultural heroes, police, traders, and even the occasional charlatan. While some of the biographies in the book are of people still active in the North, others tell stories from as far back as the sixteenth century.

The subjects of the sketches are Inuit, European, American, Indian, and Canadian men and women. The exploits discussed in this generously illustrated book bring northern history and geography to life. Each profile is accompanied by a short bibliography.

Lobsticks are trees that are used as markers. Above the tree-line, stone cairns are used in their place. It is hoped that these biographies of “human” landmarks will help you find your way around in the North and bring the Arctic just a little closer to home.

Richard C. Davis is professor emeritus of English at the University of Calgary. He has edited Rupert’s Land: A Cultural Tapestry and Sir John Franklin’s Journals and Correspondence: The First Arctic Land Expedition, 1819-22.

With Contributions By:  L.H. Neatby, Trevor H. Levere, Ann Parry, Richard S. Finnie, Edvard Omholt-Jensen, Peter Schledermann, Walter Kenyon, William Barr, Richard Glover, Milton M.R. Freeman, Janis Essner, Jay Ruby, Geraldine Ruszala, Richard A. Pierce, Chauncey Loomis, Richard C. Davis, C. Stuart Houston, Ian R. Stone, James Helmer, John R. Sperry, James G.E. Smith, Gordon Speck, Hugh N. Wallace, Hugh Stewart, Barbara Belyea, Walter O. Kupsch, R.H. Cockburn, June Helm, Beryl C. Gillespie, C. Stuart Mackinnon, Donat Savoie, Robert Easton, Mackenzie Brown, John W. Chalmers, Margaret Mason Shaw, Dick Turner, Angeline Bevington, Ken Coates, William R Morrison, Julie Cruikshank, James R. Gibson, Barry M. Gough, H.F. Pullen, W. Gillies Ross, Susan Rowley, Margaret Deacon, Peter R. Dawes, Robert L. Christie, C.R. Harrington, Constance Martin, Alden Todd, John Edward Weems, Russell W. Gibbons, Bradley Robinson, Miriam MacMillian, Hugh Stewart, Guy Mary-Rousselière, Ludger Müller-Wille, Kenn Harper, Gavin White, R.S. Pilot, Patrick O’Flaherty, Stephen Loring, Stephanie Hunt, James West Davidson, John Rugge, Tom Stamp, and Cordelia Stamp

Praise for Lobsticks and Stone Cairns

This is a well-produced, entertaining, informative, and worthwhile book, of interest to all concerned with north-ern studies, to those who live or work or travel in the North, and to readers or armchair explorers who want to know more about the Canadian North.

– Ann Savours, Arctic 

There will be few who do not gain from a perusal of this work… The quality of the profiles are uniformly high. 

– Ian R. Stone, Cambridge