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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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TAISSUMANI June 20, 2014 - 7:53 am

Taissumani, June 20

The Tragic Fate of Maggie Clay

KENN HARPER

Maggie Clay loved the north.

She arrived in Chesterfield Inlet with her husband, RCMP Staff Sergeant Sidney Clay, in the summer of 1924. They had already lived in the north for many years, at Fort Norman, Fort McPherson, and Herschel Island, before coming to Hudson Bay to take charge of the post...

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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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