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New book: Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Michael Engelhard’s new book Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon is about to be released in November. It throws light on the king of the arctic seen from a cultural history perspective and surely deserves to be announced here with this description with is written and compiled by its author.

Ice Bear
The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

By MICHAEL ENGELHARD

NATURAL HISTORY
288 pp., 170 illus., 145 in color, 8 x 10 in. $29.95 paperback, November 2016

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.

MICHAEL ENGELHARD works as a wilderness guide in Arctic Alaska and holds an MA in cultural anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His books include a recent essay collection, American Wild: Explorations from the Grand Canyon to the Arctic Ocean. His writing has also appeared in Sierra, Outside, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Parks, High Country News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Engelhard’s thought-provoking iconography explores in depth the multitude of cultural roles played by the polar bear.”
David Fox, Anchorage Press

“Engelhard weaves together the disparate pieces of our eclectic social and cultural fascination with polar bears. A tapestry of images reveals our complex attachment to this Arctic icon.”
Andrew Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior

Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard.

Cover image: Ice Bear. The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard

Source: Michael Engelhard

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