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Whaling and the Decline of Native Populations [Corrected title: Intoduced Disease and Eskimo Mortality during the Whaling Period: The Extinction of the Saglermiut in Hudson Bay, 1902]
W. Gillies Ross
Vol. 14, No. 2 (1977), pp. 1-8
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40315906
Page Count: 8
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A well-documented instance of introduced disease which caused high mortality among the Saglermiut is seen to have had an impact on other Eskimo groups as well. The episode shows that Eskimo groups attracted into large semi-permanent settlements by commercial 19th century whaling operations were highly susceptible to alien diseases. Nomadism during the non-whaling season may have been responsible for the extensive spread of these diseases.
Arctic Anthropology © 1977 University of Wisconsin Press