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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Indiana Jones: The Sacred Meteorite Indiana Jones
The Sacred Meteorite
Novel
Written by Richard Beugné
Illustrations by d’Erik Juszezak
July 1998

In the Arctic north, Indy is given the task of returning a sacred stone to a resting place inside a holy mountain.

 

Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology

 

The opening chapter of this book states that it takes place in Spring 1913. 

 

Didja Know?

 

To my knowledge, this junior novel was published only in France as Indiana Jones Jr et la Météorite Sacrée. A series of junior novels was published in this series, some original stories and some French translations of the American Young Indiana Jones juvenile novels. For some reason, the French versions are all titled beginning with "Indiana Jones Jr" instead of the French translation of "Young Indiana Jones", "Jeune Indiana Jones".

 

This book makes use of a number of Inuit words, traditions, legends, and spiritual references, many of which have the ring of truth about them, but most are not easy to confirm as part of the real world culture due to a seeming dearth of scholarly writings on the topic. I have noted some of these cultural references where I could them here in this study, but many are left in the novel.

 

Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones

 

The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 

 

The journal as published skips over this time in Indy's life. In fact, it goes from August 5, 1912 to March 9, 1916...a period of about 3.5 years! Are we to believe that Indy made no journal entries that entire time? Perhaps the entries were excised by the Russians for some reason when it was in their possession?

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this story

 

Indiana Jones

Inuit people

Adolphus Frederick Shaterton

Henry Jones, Sr. (mentioned only)

Manuminiaq

Kuluk

Bjôrk

Kranoaq

Indiana (Indy's dog, mentioned only)

Captain Glove (mentioned only)

Indiana (Manuminiaq's puppy)

 

Didja Notice?

 

Chapter 1: The Wizard of the Cold

 

In the novel, the term "Eskimo" is used to describe the native inhabitants of the northern-most portions of North America. The generally-preferred term is "Inuit", though other cultural descriptors may sometimes be used. The "Eskimo" term has come to be viewed as a slur, as it is believed to be related to the Cree word askâwa, meaning "raw meat", suggesting an eater of raw meat, or a barbarian.

 

Indy jokes to Adolphus, "You're as funny as Brick and Grock, the two famous clowns I had the chance to..." and Adolphus cuts him off before he can finish. Brick and Grock were famous professional clowns in Europe in the early 20th Century. Presumably, Indy met them when he was travelling through Europe with his parents and Miss Seymour during his father's 1910-1912 lecture tour.

 

Chapter 2: Black Stone and Sacred Mountains

 

On page 23, Indy's fedora is referred to as a Stetson brand. In actuality, most of Indy's fedoras seen in the movies were provided by Herbert Johnson, the exception being the one worn in Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, provided by Adventurebilt Hat Company.

 

Page 26 states that Bjôrk hunts blue foxes. Blue foxes are a small percentage (~1%) of the white arctic fox who exhibit a dark blue fur.

 

Manuminiaq refers to her tribe's sacred meteorite as the Black Stone. The one mentioned here is likely fictitious, but in the Islamic world, another stone by that name is revered as one that fell from the sky to show Adam and Eve where to build an altar. The Islamic Black Stone has never been scientifically examined, so scholars differ on whether its origin is meteoritic or just geologic.

 

Chapter 3: Gifts and Feast

 

On page 43, Manuminiaq gives Indy a pair of homemade boots called kamiks to keep his feet warm in the freezing cold. Kamiks, also known as mukluks, are boots traditionally made of seal or caribou skin worn by aboriginal people of the Arctic. Since Indy is said to stroke the fur of the boots, this pair is probably made from caribou hide.

 

Chapter 4: Night Visitor

 

Page 48 mentions the St. Lawrence River. This is the main river flowing from the Great Lakes of North America to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

On page 48, Indy prevents a crewman on the boat Why Not from shooting a mother polar bear and her cubs by bumping him and throwing off his aim. Indy had performed a similar maneuver on Teddy Roosevelt in 1909 in "Safari Sleuth" to prevent the president from shooting a fringe-eared oryx.

 

On page 49, the Why Not enters Star Bay (or Bay of Stars). I've been unable to confirm an actual bay by that name in Canada.

 

On page 51, Indy eats some narwhal fat offered to him by Manuminiaq and he notes that it has a slight taste of hazelnuts. It is true that narwhal fat (tamaq) is said to taste a bit like hazelnut.

 

Chapter 5: Stowaway

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 6: Twenty Thousand Eyes Under the Sea

 

The title of this chapter is a joking reference to the 1870 Jules Verne science-fiction adventure novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.

 

Chapter 7: One Bear After Another

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 8: A Useful Crevasse

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 9: Bad Encounter

 

On page 107, Manuminiaq gives Indy some raw salmon eggs to eat. He tries it and decides it's not bad, tasting like caviar which he had tasted once in Russia. He may be referring to his time in that country in "Swore and Peace", though we do not actually see him eat caviar there.

 

Chapter 10: Lost in the Heart of the White Country

 

On page 124, Manuminiaq tells Indy of her fear of meeting up with the Timersits, evil spirits like giants who eat any living thing they come across, including people. This is an actual legend of the Inuit peoples.

 

Chapter 11: The Whale Gate

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 12: In the Cave of the Spirits

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 13: Cursed Bandit!

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 14: Revenge of the Spirits

 

No notes.

 

Chapter 15: Back to Port

 

At the end of the book, Manuminiaq decides to adopt one of Kranoaq's puppies and call it Indiana.

 

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