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TAISSUMANI June 13, 2014 - 7:46 am

Taissumani, June 13

An Esquimaux Vocabulary for the Franklin Search

KENN HARPER

On May 30, 1850 the aging Arctic explorer, Sir John Ross, wrote a note to Captain Charles Codrington Forsyth of the Royal Navy, who was about to depart for the Arctic on the Prince Albert on an expedition sponsored by Lady Franklin, in search of her missing husband, Sir John Franklin.

In his...

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TAISSUMANI June 06, 2014 - 6:01 am

Taissumani, June 6

Nancy Columbia, Her Name in Lights

KENN HARPER

Nancy Columbia was the best-known Inuk of her day. Her time in the public eye lasted from her birth in 1893 to her effective retirement from show business with her marriage in 1922. Her career peaked over 100 years ago when, still in her teens, she wrote and starred in an early silent film, The Way...

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TAISSUMANI May 30, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Taissumani, May 30

Farley Mowat and the North, an appreciation

KENN HARPER

Farley Mowat, who died on May 6 just five five days shy of his 93rd birthday, was a giant among Canadian writers. He wrote 45 books, and over 15 million copies were sold worldwide. Farley wrote in many genres — and in some cases he created those genres.

Let’s dispel the notion that Farley wrote...

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TAISSUMANI May 23, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Taissumani, May 23

Meeting Farley Mowat

KENN HARPER

I met Farley Mowat, who died two weeks ago at 92, only a few times. The first was quite memorable.

It was in the spring of 1974, my last year of teaching in Arctic Bay. In that year the most interesting teachers’ conference of all time took place in Iqaluit — interesting because the guest speakers...

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TAISSUMANI May 16, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Taissumani, May 16

The Bear in the Ice Hole — Conclusion

KENN HARPER

Last week I presented the story of Knud Rasmussen falling into a hole in the ice with a polar bear, and of how he came to see the empathy and gratitude in the polar bear’s eyes when he caused his dogs to back off and apparently saved the bear’s life.

Rasmussen had promised himself that, if he...

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