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Ice Bear : the Cultural History of an Arctic Icon.

Author: Michael Engelhard
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Engelhard, Michael.
Ice Bear : The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Engelhard
ISBN: 9780295999234 0295999233
OCLC Number: 1002694733
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages)
Contents: Cover; Ice Bear; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments ; Polar Bear-Human Time Line ; Map: Territories of Northern Peoples and Polar Bear Range ; A Beast for the Ages ; The Life and Death of a Superstar ; The Bear as Early Commodity ; Object of Scientific Curiosity. From White Terror to Trophy of Modernity Zoo Bear and Circus Bear ; Honored Guest and Ten-Legged Menace ; A Taste of the Wild ; The Transformative Bear ; Helper and Protector ; Lover, Super-Male, Mate ; Archetype, Role Model, Eco Ambassador ; Another Seaside Attraction ; Notes. Associations and Websites Selected Bibliography ; Index ; ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

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Prime Arctic predator and nomad of the sea ice and tundra, the polar bear endures as a source of wonder, terror, and fascination. Humans have seen it as spirit guide and fanged enemy, as trade good and moral metaphor, as food source and symbol of ecological crisis. Eight thousand years of artifacts attest to its charisma, and to the fraught relationships between our two species. In the White Bear, we acknowledge the magic of wildness: it is both genuinely itself and a screen for our imagination.Ice Bear traces and illuminates this intertwined history. From Inuit shamans to Jean Harlow lounging.

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