Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gifted Inuit Cartographer

In 1895, an Inuit named Wetalltok sketched the above map of the unknown Belcher Islands on the back of an old missionary lithograph. Explorers doubted such a large land mass could exist so close to the centuries-old post at Great Whale River yet remain unknown. But an expedition of 1912-16 showed  Wetalltok’s map to be strikingly accurate.

(Robert J. Flaherty, “The Belcher Islands of Hudson Bay: Their Discovery and
Exploration,” Geographical Review 5:6 [June 1918]

Thanks Bruce!

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