Raven's Saga:An Arctic Odyssey

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Towards the end of the thirteenth century A.D., Norse Greenlanders watched the erosion of their former free state with increasing alarm. Increasing demands for tithe payments and taxes to the Church and Norwegian kings turned crofters into poor tenants of their own lands. The most valuable trade item, walrus hides and tusks, had to be hunted increasingly farther north were a new threat to Norse survival appeared in the form of Inuit hunters migrating southward from the High Arctic. The "Raven", manned by Norsemen from Vesterbygd and led by Tore Eyvindsson, was sent out on a voyage of exploration to the far northern regions of Greenland. "Raven's Saga" is the story about this voyage and the first meetings between Norsemen and Inuit in the Far North.

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Peter Schledermann grew up in Denmark and Norway and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen.After working for four years in New York, he headed for Alaska and homesteaded near Fairbanks where he later began his studies in geography and anthropology at the University of Alaska. In 1975 he received a doctoral degree in archaeology from the University of Calgary. Schledermann has spent twenty field seasons excavating prehistoric sites in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. He has published extensively in both scientific and popular journals and is the author of "Crossroads to Greenland" and "Voices in Stone". He is a former director and senior research associate of the Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary.

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