Bears and Men: A Gathering

William Mills, Author, S. Robins Topolski, Author
William Mills, Author, S. Robins Topolski, Author Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $0 (168p) ISBN 978-0-912697-41-3
Reviewed on: 06/01/1989
Release date: 06/01/1989
The expedition was small,10 men who wanted to observe and photograph the polar bears of Hudson Bay. They came to Churchill in November, just before freeze-up, heading for Cape Churchill, 60 kilometers (37 miles) across the tundra. Except for his friend Dan Guravich, the others were strangers to poet-novelist Mills. For nearly two weeks the group would live in very tight quarterstheir mobile camp was a ""tundra-buggy'' that towed a flimsy plywood bunkhouse mounted on the bottom of a track vehicle. They found bears a-plenty, young and old; Arctic foxes, ptarmigan and ringed seals. Mills reflects on the extraordinary camaraderie among the men; he examines photography as art and delusion. He questions the ethics of baiting the bears, a point of contention between two members of the expedition. It was a rugged, exciting adventure, and Mills's spectacular photographs confirm its success. (September 10)
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