Field study of the problems of adaptation of Mackenzie Delta Eskimos to social and economic change.


The Mackenzie Delta Eskimos are a people in transition. Forced by the gradual disappearance of their food supply to move into Canadian settlements, they find that the culture that had for centuries bound them together into cooperative survival groups is no longer viable. Today, the Eskimos face the ordeal of adapting to a radically different culture - an ordeal made more severe because the new culture's representatives have made little provision for integrating the Eskimo into the Western pattern. The stress of this adaptation has given rise to clinical and psychodynamic manifestations of social pathology.

First Nations