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Far ahead of her time, Louise Rourke almost immediately launches into the benefits of welcoming immigrants the world over for contributing a variety of attributes to a culture. Next, when contemplating the needed food source for the area at Fort Chipewayan, she bemoans the crowded, inhumane cattle cars. When told she needs to get fur clothing, she immediately refuses, saying she will not wear furs since they were inhumanely trapped. She is told she will change her mind, but she points out she never did. These were highly unusual attitudes for anyone of the time. She muses about forcing white religion onto the natives, and is clearly not religious herself, but she also gives credit to the people of the local mission for their good works in general. This is an exceptional record of many customs and stories that few white people of the time cared enough to relate in the many books written by early pioneers into remote places. Only book she wrote, unfortunately. Lived in remote Fort Chipewyan for two years with her husband who worked as an accountant for Hudson Bay Company. In humorous contrast to her heartfelt book, the appendix is her husband's two-line daily diary entries, under the heading "The North Through a Man's Eyes." Really an unforgettable read.
SusanTahiti | Mar 5, 2024 |