These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. By now, many of us have at least seen the trailer for The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio cast as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and hunter who embarks on a mission for vengeance after being left for dead by his cohorts in the wake of a bear attack. And he was even more of a badass than we see in the movie—though not for the reasons you might expect. When Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark on their expedition to explore the land he acquired in the Louisiana Purchase, two of his objectives were to discover 1 what items Native Americans may accept in trade for pelts, and 2 whether a navigable, all-water route might connect the Pacific to the fur posts of the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark did not find such a route. Instead, they found the Rocky Mountains, which gave rise to a new class of fur trader: the mountain man.
Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition. Editor’s Note: This story from our archives uses the dated term “Eskimo” to collectively refer to far-northern indigenous peoples: “Inupiat and the Yupiks of Alaska, the Canadian Inuit and Inuvialuit, Inuit Greenlanders, and the Siberian Yupiks. Our food supply was right outside our front door. We did our hunting and foraging on the Seward Peninsula and along the Bering Sea. We used seal oil for our cooking and as a dipping sauce for food. We had moose, caribou, and reindeer. We hunted ducks, geese, and little land birds like quail, called ptarmigan.
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In I went to the Arctic with the food tastes and beliefs of the average American. By , after eleven years living as an Eskimo among Eskimos, I had learned things which caused me to shed most of those beliefs. Ten years later I began to realize that what I had learned was going to influence decisively the sciences of medicine and dietetics. However, what finally impressed the scientists and converted many during the last two or three years, was a series of confirmatory experiments upon myself and a colleague performed at Bellevue Hospital, New York City, under the supervision of a committee representing several universities and other organizations. Not so long ago, the following dietetic beliefs were common: To be healthy you need a varied diet, composed of elements from both the animal and vegetable kingdoms. You got tired of and eventually felt a revulsion against things if you had to eat them often. This latter belief was supported by stories of people who through force of circumstances had been compelled, for instance, to live for two weeks on sardines and crackers and who, according to the stories, had sworn that so long as they lived they never would touch sardines again.