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Support: 14.000 x 9.300 cm (sheet)
Inventory no.: W304
Scope and content
Image is of an Inuit man from Southampton Island, Nunavut, who probably belongs to the Sadlermiut tribe. He is paddling out to assess and greet His Majesty's ship Griper during an encounter noted by its Captain, George Francis Lyon, on August 27th, 1824. The man carries typical greeting goods of an arrow and fish. The people on the shore also display dried fish which will be later offered to Capt. Lyon when he disembarks for an investigative visit.
An engraving nearly identical to this watercolour, based on a drawing by Capt. George Lyon, as well as a narrative of the encounter between the man from Southampton Island and the ship Griper, can be found in George Francis Lyon's book "A brief narrative of an unsuccessful attempt to reach Repulse Bay, through Sir Thomas Rowe's 'Welcome,' in His Majesty's ship Griper, in the year MDCCCXXIV". The engraving as well as the narrative identify the man in the image as being named "Nee-a-kood-loo".
The Sadlermiut perished from dysentery, introduced by a whaling ship, in 1902-1903.
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Copy negative C-150740
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. R9266-30 Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana
Artist: D., F.,
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