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Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Opening the Arctic

Vilhjalmur ("Veel-yowl-mur") Stefansson (1879-1962) was a Canadian ethnologist (studies of human cultures and racial groups) and explorer who discovered many previously unknown native tribes and territories. Studying and living among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, he contributed a great deal to the knowledge of the Inuit and their unique adaptations to the Arctic environment.

On his last Arctic trip in 1913, Stefansson and a small hunting party became separated from their ice-bound ship. They spent the next four years living among the Inuit and exploring Northern Canada.

Ironically, Stefansson realized the wealth of the Arctic's natural resources and actively promoted development - which brought about dramatic, and often negative, changes to northern cultures.

Picture: U.S. stamp honoring Stefansson's exploration.

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