Talk:walk in the snow

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The wife Asiak walks across the sea ice to drown herself in the open water. At the edge, a piece of ice breaks free under her weight and she floats along on this small ice floe briefly before drowning herself.
The mother-in-law Powtee is put out on the solid sea ice to die, only to be rescued soon after.

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The following information is uncited, implausible (Trudeau literally did take a walk in the snow,) and appears to have originated on Wikipedia.

Taken from the oversimplified idea that elderly Inuit performed customary suicide by exposure during times of hardship.[1][2][3][4][5]

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  1. (Canada, idiomatic) suicide, assisted suicide, or muder by exposure.
    • 1950, Hans Reusch, Top of the World
      The wife Asiak walks across the sea ice to drown herself in the open water. At the edge, a piece of ice breaks free under her weight and she floats along on this small ice floe briefly before drowning herself.
      The mother-in-law Powtee is put out on the solid sea ice to die, only to be rescued soon after.
    • 1960, Savage Innocents (Film starring Anthony Quinn, based on novel Top of the World.)
  1. ^ Did eskimos put their elderly on ice floes to die by Straightdope.com accessed 2010-05-01.
  2. ^ Leighton, Alexander H; Charles C. Hughes (1955). "Notes on Eskimo Patterns of Suicide". Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 11
  3. ^ Kjellström, Rolf (1974, 1975). "Senilicide and Invalidicide among the Eskimos" (in Danish). Folk Dansk etnografisk tidsskrift 16, 17
  4. ^ 1999, Wendell H. Oswalt, Eskimos and Explorers, 2nd ed, ISBN 0883165325:
  5. ^ Ray, Nicolas (Director). (1960). Savage Innocents. [Motion picture]. United States, Gray Film-Pathé. Starring Anthony Quinn, based on novel Top of the World.