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TAISSUMANI December 12, 2014 - 10:12 am

Taissumani, Dec. 12

The Belcher Island Murders — Part 2

KENN HARPER

Last week I wrote about the beginnings of the religious fervour that resulted in the deaths of a number of Inuit in the Belcher Islands in 1942. Two local men, Peter Sala and Charlie Ouyerack, had proclaimed themselves to be God and Jesus.

By the end of February, the death toll was three. But in...

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TAISSUMANI December 05, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Taissumani, Dec. 5

“And the Stars Shall Fall from Heaven” — The Belcher Island Murders

KENN HARPER

One night in February 1942 a shooting star streaked through the night sky above the Belcher Islands, a remote island group in southern Hudson Bay.

Inuit looked heavenward and remembered a Bible verse from Matthew 24: “and the stars shall fall from heaven… and they shall see the Son of Man coming...

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TAISSUMANI November 28, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Taissumani, Nov. 28

Death On An Ice Island

KENN HARPER

T3 was an ice island seven miles long and three miles wide drifting in the Arctic Ocean, when 20 researchers arrived there in May 1970.

They were from the United States Weather Bureau and were to remain for five months. The atmosphere was cozy despite the sometimes minus 60 degree outdoor...

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TAISSUMANI November 20, 2014 - 10:57 am

Taissumani, Nov. 21

Who Killed Charles Francis Hall?

KENN HARPER

Last week I wrote about the death of Charles Francis Hall on the Polaris expedition.

Hall was the only person to die on that expedition. Eventually, when the survivors had returned to the United States, a government inquiry was held.

George Tyson, the ice-master, spoke of Hall’s conviction that...

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TAISSUMANI November 14, 2014 - 11:23 am

Taissumani, Nov. 14

How Do You Spell Murder? — The Death of Charles Francis Hall

KENN HARPER

Charles Francis Hall began his third expedition to the Arctic on June 29, 1871. This was the most ambitious one of all.

The previous two were in search of information on the missing Franklin expedition, but this one would be an audacious attempt to reach the North Pole by ship. The steamer...

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