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Thread #132900 Message #3024937
Posted By: GUEST
06-Nov-10 - 04:09 AM
Thread Name: Eskimo Republic Political Song Book
Subject: RE: Eskimo Republic Political Song Book
As the writer and publisher of the book I knew well that the word Eskimo is insulting to the Inuit people, but the book is not about them, and only refers to them first in the words of 1960 US Captain Lanin of the supply ship Proteus [he uses the word in contempt of the West of Scotland Canoeing Club], then it is adopted by the protesters as a badge of honour, since they believed the Eskimos to live in various Northern countries but never to have started or threatened a war [is that true?]. Thirdly, the songmakers made the song The Glesca Eskimos, and then Morris Blythman himself made the song The Eskimo Republic. The book is about the songs, songmakers and singers there and then. Why should I change the title to be about something else, of another time, place and people?
The word slavery, for example, denotes something shameful and insulting throughout the world, and is still happening. The word is horrid. Should it not be used in a book title? The word Eskimo is of its time and place, though many unaware people still use it. The book's subtitle explains the context.
By the way, the launch was a free event, as book launches usually are. It was a fine evening.