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Spring 2016 – Can Geo Talks 2016: Inuit Oral Tradition and Franklin

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 2016596 Views

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is pleased to announce Can Geo Talks 2016: Inuit Oral Tradition and Franklin, to be held at the Canadian Museum of History on April 12th, 2016 at 7pm.

Keynote speaker Captain Dave Woodman is the acclaimed author of two books about Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition. Woodman’s work concentrates on the profound importance of Inuit testimony regarding Franklin’s fate, and he was the first scholar to explore the topic in depth. From 1992 to 2004, he led or participated in nine expeditions to Canada’s Arctic in search of Franklin’s lost ships.

Joining Captain Woodman is a panel of experts who share this passion for exploring the connection between Inuit oral knowledge and Franklin. Dr. Russell Potter, an RCGS Fellow and American academic, is recognized globally for his work on 19th-century Arctic exploration. Celebrated Inuit historian Louie Kamookak, an RCGS Fellow and medallist, is a leader in the collection and preservation of Inuit testimony related to Franklin. The Canadian Museum of History’s Curator for Northern Canada, Dr. Karen Ryan, is an RCGS Fellow and an expert on northern historical archeology. Ryan Harris, who since 2008 has been leading the remote-sensing operations for Parks Canada’s Franklin searches, was one of the first people to see and dive on the long-lost HMS Erebus after it was discovered in 2014.

Get your tickets now!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 from 7pm-9pm
Canadian Museum of History Theatre
100 Rue Laurier
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0M8

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