Making of an Explorer: George Hubert Wilkins and the Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1916

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Nov 1, 2004 - History - 418 pages
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Wilkins was originally seconded to Stefansson's Arctic Expedition for a year as its official photographer but circumstances forced him to stay in the Arctic for three years. He spent much of those extra two years in discussion with Stefansson, becoming his life-long friend. "The Making of an Explorer" describes Wilkins' successful expedition to Banks Island in 1914 in search of Stefansson and his subsequent relationship with Stefansson, his significant role and contribution as second-in-command of Stefansson's polar explorations over the next two years, his remarkable collection of films and photographs of the little-known Copper Eskimos in the Central Arctic, and his large but virtually unknown original collection of birds and mammals from Banks Island for the National Museum of Canada.
  

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Contents

Prologue
3
PART ONE EXPEDITION PHOTOGRAPHER
13
The Hunting Trip
15
The Fishing Lake
34
Collinson Point
48
Visit to the Belvedere
68
Confrontation at Collinson Point
84
Stefanssons First Ice Trip
91
Journey to Bernard Harbour
205
Visiting the Copper Eskimos
225
Confrontation at Bernard Harbour
245
Waiting to Go East
257
Taking the North Star to Banks Island
267
PART FOUR MORE EXPLORING
277
Back and Forth to the North Star
290
To Mercy Bay and Melville Island
302

Visit with the Whale Hunters
103
PART TWO JOINING THE NORTHERN PARTY
121
The North Star i 23
123
Herschel Island
134
The Search for Stefansson
145
Appearance of Stefansson
160
Hunting with Stefansson
170
Cape Kellett
179
Stefanssons Second Ice Trip
183
Minto Inlet and the Blond Eskimos
315
Return to Bernard Harbour
335
Leaving the Arctic
345
Epilogue
365
Appendix i
371
Notes
377
References
397
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