October 27, 2013 - 8:24 pm
Taissumani, Oct. 25
Balloonacy. What a wonderful word. It sounds like such a modern melding of balloon and lunacy that it comes as a surprise to learn that it was used in the late 1800s by Dr. Emil Bessels, whose name lives on in infamy as the doctor who probably poisoned explorer Charles Francis Hall.
October 19, 2013 - 10:29 am
Taissumani, Oct. 18
A Funeral in Chicago
I have written before about the Labrador Inuit who were taken to Chicago in 1892, to be shown to the paying public as a human exhibit at an “Esquimaux Village” at the world’s fair there the following year.
This was a difficult time for Inuit in and from Labrador. They experienced difficult...
October 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm
Taissumani, Oct. 11
The Cook-ed Up Peary-odd-ical Dictionary
Those knowledgeable about Arctic exploration history will know that in 1909 a controversy erupted over whether Robert Peary or Frederick Cook was the first to reach the North Pole.
The controversy continues to this day. What is less known is the extent to which the controversy was lampooned in...
October 04, 2013 - 10:03 am
Taissumani, Oct. 4
A piece of Arctic history lies deteriorating on the beach in Iqaluit. I’m referring to the ship, the Calanus, a boat with an illustrious history.
In 1947 the Fisheries Research Board of Canada began to conduct summer research in Ungava Bay, a program with a laudable goal. It wanted to “discover...
September 27, 2013 - 5:00 am
Taissumani, Sept. 27
Rockwell Kent and Salamina, Part 2
Rockwell Kent had returned to America from his second trip to Greenland. His lecture tour was successful, but he longed to return to the Arctic.
Kent mortgaged his home — named Asgaard after a location in Norse mythology — to raise funds for a return to Greenland.
This time he took...
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