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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 on a bearskin rug, from the cubs trained to pull sleds toward the North Pole to cuddly superstar Knut, it all comes to life in these pages. With meticulous research and more than 160 illustrations, the author brings into focus this powerful and elusive animal. Doing so, he delves into the stories we tell about Nature�and about ourselves�hoping for a future in which such tales still matter.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Polar Bear–Human Time Line
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Map: Territories of Northern Peoples and Polar Bear Range
  2. p. xiv
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  1. Ice Bear
  1. A Beast for the Ages
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. The Life and Death of a Superstar
  2. pp. 19-29
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  1. The Bear as Early Commodity
  2. pp. 30-47
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  1. Object of Scientific Curiosity
  2. pp. 48-69
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  1. From White Terror to Trophy of Modernity
  2. pp. 70-94
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  1. Zoo Bear and Circus Bear
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. Honored Guest and Ten-Legged Menace
  2. pp. 121-138
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  1. A Taste of the Wild
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. The Transformative Bear
  2. pp. 151-169
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  1. Helper and Protector
  2. pp. 170-186
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  1. Lover, Super-Male, Mate
  2. pp. 187-206
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  1. Archetype, Role Model, Eco Ambassador
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. Another Seaside Attraction
  2. pp. 227-248
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-266
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  1. Associations and Websites
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-289
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 290
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295999234
Related ISBN
9780295999227
MARC Record
OCLC
962834042
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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