Honouring Inuit women. The DIY squadron. Moved by Aboriginal story. Margarine debate. Uncomfortable truth. The missing Mrs.
Thank you for reframing the Canadian Arctic Expedition [“Forgotten Explorers,” December 2015-January 2016] in terms of the Inuit support that made it possible. Only passing reference is made, however, to the role of women, which extended far beyond that of seamstresses.
That being said, your mention of Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Inuit wife, Pannigabluk, reminded me of her granddaughter Georgina Stefansson, who was a fellow student in my Grade 8 class in residential school in Inuvik. She was always proud of her name. I read all her grandfather’s books looking for mention of his Inuit wife or his son Alex but never found any. Even so, Stefansson did not remarry until after Pannigabluk died. In recent years, Georgina’s Icelandic relatives have welcomed her as part of the family. So, as was the intent of this article, history can heal itself over time.
John Riley Mono, Ontario