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TAISSUMANI July 25, 2014 - 6:50 pm

Taissumani, July 25

Arrival At Cape Crauford — Robert Janes’s Last Journey (Part 3 of 4)

KENN HARPER

On March 4, Robert Janes passed Adams Island in Lancaster Sound, 10 days into his desperate bid to leave north Baffin Island by dog sled. He would travel by sled as far as Churchill, and from there overland to Winnipeg, then home to St. John’s.

Although Janes saw no sign of Inuit at Adams Island,...

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TAISSUMANI July 18, 2014 - 10:58 am

Taissumani, July 18

Away Goes February – Robert Janes’s Last Journey (Part 2 of 4)

KENN HARPER

Robert Janes had embarked on a difficult journey south from his trading post near Pond Inlet.

Travelling by dog sled, with one Inuit guide, and heavily-laden sleds, he would travel through Admiralty Inlet, Igloolik, and the Keewatin coast to Churchill, and from there to Winnipeg, and on to St....

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TAISSUMANI July 11, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Taissumani, July 11

Escape From The Arctic — Robert Janes’s Last Journey (Part 1 of 4)

KENN HARPER

Robert Janes was born on Gooseberry Islands near Glovertown, Nfld., and first traveled to the Arctic as second mate on the Canadian government ship, Arctic, under the famous Captain Bernier in 1910. From the English term “second mate” came his Inuktitut name “sakirmiaq.”

In 1912 he returned north...

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TAISSUMANI July 04, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Taissumani, July 4

Mosquitoes

KENN HARPER

It’s mosquito season in Nunavut, and here are a few random observations by Inuit on this annual pest.

Ivaluartjuk was an Iglulik story-teller whom Knud Rasmussen met in Foxe Basin in 1921.

The explorer recorded many of the old man’s stories and songs, among which was this:

“Cold and mosquitoes,...

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TAISSUMANI June 27, 2014 - 11:08 am

Taissumani, June 27

The Legacy of Maggie Clay

KENN HARPER

This is the conclusion of the story of Maggie Clay, begun last week.

In the two days between the amputation of her leg and her death, Maggie Clay talked about the accident that had befallen her. Harry Stallworthy’s memory of her conversations was this:

“She talked a lot about the dogs and the...

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