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Savage: The Life and Times of Jemmy Button

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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 wo
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 2nd 2000)
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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 comp ...more
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 J ...more
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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I read this book years ago and it inspired me to go to Patagonia!
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