Burial of John Franklin. Author: me


Kabloonas is the way in which the Inuit who live in the north part of Canada call those who haven´t their same ascendency.

The first time i read this word was in the book "Fatal Passage" by Ken McGoogan, when, as the result of the conversations between John Rae and some inuit, and trying to find any evidence of the ill-fated Sir John Franklin Expedition, some of then mentioned that they watched how some kabloonas walked to die in the proximities of the river Great Fish.

I wish to publish this blog to order and share all those anecdotes that I´ve been finding in the arctic literature about arctic expeditions. My interest began more than 15 years ago reading a little book of my brother about north and south pole expeditions. I began reading almost all the bibliography about Antarctic expeditions and the superknown expeditions of Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, etc. After I was captured by the Nansen, Nobile and Engineer Andree. But the most disturbing thing in that little book, full of pictures, was the two pages dedicated to the last Franklin expedition of the S.XIX, on that moment I thought that given the time on which this and others expeditions happened, few or any additional information could be obtained about it. I couldn´t imagine that after those two pages It would be a huge iceberg full of stories, unresolved misteries, anecdotes, etc. I believe that this iceberg, on the contrary than others, would continue growing instead melting.

lunes, 25 de junio de 2012


He encontrado algunos videos de un piloto que se ha dedicado a recorrer parte del rio Coppermine. Por la densidad de la vegetación y por la anchura del rio, diría que no muy lejos de su desembocadura. Casi podemos imaginarnos a John y sus compañeros remando hacia la desembocadura del rio en estas aguas frías ya casi tranquilas.
Mouth of the Coppermine river (Watercolour by George Back 1821)

También he encontrado un par de videos (ver abajo) del escenario de la masacre que presenció Samuel Hearne en Bloody falls el 17 de julio de 1771.  
Mouth of the Coppermine River
Bloody Falls
I´ve found some videos recorded by a pilot who has been retracing part of the Coppermine River. Because of the density of the woods and the width of the river, i guess that is not far from the mouth of the river.

We can imagine at John and his companions paddling to the mouth of the river on this almost quiet cold waters.

I´ve also found a couple of videos (see below) if the massacre scenario which Samuel Hearne viewed in Bloody falls in the 17 th July of 1771.

By Kuuvik on a Twin Otter.

Bloody Falls:
By Panioyak

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