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Savage: The Life and Times of Jemmy Button By Nick Hazlewood,

  • Title: Savage: The Life and Times of Jemmy Button
  • Author: Nick Hazlewood
  • ISBN: 9780312252137
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A tale of tragedy, catastrophe, and the triumph of the human spirit.In 1830 a Yamana Indian boy, Orundellico, was bought from his uncle in Tierra del Fuego for the price of a mother of pearl button Renamed Jemmy Button, he was removed from his primitive nomadic existence, where life revolved around the hunt for food and the need for shelter, and taken halfway round the woA tale of tragedy, catastrophe, and the triumph of the human spirit.In 1830 a Yamana Indian boy, Orundellico, was bought from his uncle in Tierra del Fuego for the price of a mother of pearl button Renamed Jemmy Button, he was removed from his primitive nomadic existence, where life revolved around the hunt for food and the need for shelter, and taken halfway round the world to England, then at the height of the Industrial Revolution He learned English and Christianity, met King William IV and Queen Adelaide, and made a strong impression on many of the major figures in Britain, eventually becoming a celebrity Charles Darwin himself befriended the Fuegian and later wrote about their time together on The Beagle, voyaging back to the southern tip of South America Their friendship influenced one of the most important and controversial works of the century, On the Origin of the Species.Upon his return to Tierra del Fuego, Jemmy found that life could never be the same for him there The Beagle s captain deposited the young man on a lonely, windswept shore and charged him with the tasks of civilizing his people and bringing God to his homeland At first ostracized and attacked by other Fuegians, Jemmy later became the target of zealous and ambitious missionaries Thirty years after his return, a missionary schooner in Tierra del Fuego was attacked, with nearly everyone on board killed, and Button himself was accused of leading the massacre.Button s life story illustrates how the lofty ideals of imperialism often resulted in appalling consequences Thoroughly researched and remarkably well written, this fascinating and poignant story is ultimately about survival, revenge, murder, and the destruction of a whole race of people, blurring the boundaries of civilization and savagery.
    Savage The Life and Times of Jemmy Button A tale of tragedy catastrophe and the triumph of the human spirit In a Yamana Indian boy Orundellico was bought from his uncle in Tierra del Fuego for the price of a mother of pearl button Re

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    1. A highly charged history of a confrontation between enlightened, scientific European sensibilities and a superficially primitive, un civilisable band of Tierra del Fueguans at the very edge of the world Hazlewood, an enlightened, liberal European himself, chooses to tell the tragic sobering story through the life of one of these primitives , dubbed Jemmy Button The clash between the two sides of an insoluble divide there are also violent divisions within the two sides themselves encompasses so m [...]

    2. I picked up this book at a book exchange at a marina in the Gulf Islands this summer and ended up leaving it at the book exchange at the Port of Kingston Now I wish I hadn t The story has stayed with me, and I d like to read it again It is a factual account based on the journals, logs, correspondence, and internal memos of sea captains, Charles Darwin, the British Foreign Office, the Patagonia Missionary Society, the governor of the colony, and contemporary newspapers It tells the story of Jemmy [...]

    3. I surprisingly learned about Jemmy Button this year when I read a children s book about Charles Darwin This story is much bigger than the story of one man well written, excellent historical information, it is about people, exploration, early missionary work and their mistakes, Patagonia, stormy seas, native peoples controversial, heart breaking, thrilling and filled with fascinating bits of information about science, history, culture, and the arts from this era The book will compel you to want t [...]

    4. Jemmy Button was the name given to a native of Tiera del Fuego by his captives The book is about Jemmy and his people in the early 1800 s and the impact that Europeans had on them.

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