KABLOONAS

KABLOONAS
Burial of John Franklin. Author: me

KABLOONAS

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.



SIR JOHN FRANKLIN PICTURES AND PORTRAITS

Since I was infected by the John Franklin syndrome I began to collect all the John Franklin images I could find through internet. Far from being a thoroughful collection this is the result of my random searchings:

https://es.pinterest.com/andrsparedes/sir-john-franklin/

Sir John Franklin
http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/

I rescued this one from the web State Library of New South of Whales, Australia. It is the one I like more. The look of his eyes don´t look as bovine as he shows in other portraits.  This one shows that perhaps Roderick  Owen was correct on thinking that he has not lack of character and determination as other authors have often suggested.

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