A Dream in Polar Fog by Yuri Rytkheu, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

By Yuri Rytkheu, Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse

"Rarely has humanity's dating to nature been so fantastically and vividly depicted. A Dream in Polar Fog is either dependent and fascinating and in addition serves as a residing anthropology of a long gone international. It accomplishes every little thing a singular should."––Neal Pollack

A Dream in Polar Fog is instantly a cross-cultural trip, an ethnographic chronicle of the Chukchi humans, and a politically and emotionally charged Arctic experience story.

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JOURNAL OF A TRAPPER — 43 poor at this season of the year. May 30th We travelled down to the Plains and on the day following arrived at the Fort after travelling about 30 Mls in a South W. direction. On arriving at the Fort we learned that Capt. Thing had started in April with 12 men for the purpose of establishing a trading post on a branch of Salmon River: but had been defeated by the Blackfeet with the total loss of his outfit excepting his men and horses. On the 10th of June a small party belonging to the Hudsons Bay Company arrived from Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River under the direction of Mr F.

He seemed very much pleased when we told him the Whites had built a trading post on Snake River. He said the Village would go to the Fort in three or four days to trade. We left them next morning loaded with as much fat dried Buffaloe meat as our horses could carry which had been given as a gratuity: we were accompanied on our return to the Fort by six of the men. On the 10th the Village arrived and pitched their Lodges within about 200 yards of the Fort. I now commenced learning the Snake Language and progressed so far in a short time that I was able to understand most of their words employed in matters of trade.

We lost 8 horses killed on the spot and several more wounded but not so bad as to be unable to travel. Towards night some of our men followed down the stream about a mile and found the place where they had stopped and laid their wounded comrades on the ground in a circle the blood was still standing congealed in 9 places where they had apparently been dressing the wounds. 29th Staid at the same place fearing no further attempt by the same party of Indians 30th Travelled up the main branch abt. 10 mls.

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