Arctic explorers, Indigenous knowledge

A CBC Radio Podcast:

Author delves into the expeditions and Inuit interactions of Capt. Bob Bartlett

“Bob Bartlett believed he could learn from Indigenous people — which was self-benefiting since it ultimately helped his attempts to reach the North Pole in the early 1900s, according to Maura Hanrahan, a board of governors research chair at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.”

Inupiat family

Before the publication of my book, Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett, CBC Radio interviewed me about the history of Arctic exploration, specifically the interactions between explorers and Inuit. Sit back, have a listen, and enjoy the podcast.

(In case the link doesn’t work — I’ve had a bit of trouble with it — paste this into your browser: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/looking-north-cbc-arctic-explorers-indigenous-1.4383988)

Pictured above are Kiruk, Kirulek, Helen, and Mugpi, some of the Inupiat who worked with Bartlett during the Canadian Arctic Expedition, which begin in 1913.

This blog is written by Maura Hanrahan, the author of Unchained Man: The Arctic Life and Times of Captain Robert Abram Bartlett. You are invited to subscribe to the blog by going to the Contact page, clicking the bars in the top right corner, and then clicking the small blue bar that says “following.” Then you’ll get an entry every couple of weeks or so delivered right to your inbox.