About the author: John Weinstock, professor of Germanic Studies, has taught Norwegian language, music and culture, Sámi culture and Old Icelandic at the University of Texas since 1966. His publications include The Hero in Scandinavian Literature, The Nordic Mind: Studies in Scandinavian Literary Criticism, Linnaeus: Contemporary Perspectives, Contemporary Nordic Literature and a score of articles. He was Chair of Germanic Studies from 1988-98 and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1979-85.2003 0-7734-6787-4
This book examines the prehistory and history of skiing from thousands of years ago to the late 19th century. It brings together a wealth of information available only in obscure publications, most of them either out of print and essentially unavailable, or inaccessible to most because they are in Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Russian, etc.. It particularly examines the contributions of the hunter-gatherer Sámi culture in the evolution of skis and skiing. With many illustrations.