Join the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for an evening of learning and discovery as they present Can Geo Talks 2016: Inuit Oral Tradition and Franklin at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa on April 12th.
Keynote speaker Captain Dave Woodman is the author of two acclaimed books about the ill-fated Franklin expedition. He was the first scholar to focus on the importance of Inuit testimony in unraveling the mystery of Franklin's fate - testimony that was validated with the 2014 discovery of the long-lost HMS Erebus. Since 1992, Woodman has participated in nine expeditions to the Canadian Arctic in search of Franklin's ships.
Joining Woodman for a panel discussion will be four experts who share his passion for exploring the connection between Inuit oral tradition and the search for Franklin:
- Russell Potter is an American academic and writer known for his work on 19th-century Arctic exploration. His new book Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a One Hundred and Sixty-Five Year Search is due out this fall from McGill-Queen's University Press.
- Louie Kamookak is a celebrated Inuit historian and explorer. He was the recipient of a 2015 Burpee Medal from the RCGS for his work with Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) research methods, which contributed to the discovery of Erebus.
- Karen Ryan is the Northern Canada curator at the Canadian Museum of History and an expert on northern archaeology.
- Ryan Harris is an underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada. Since 2008 he has led the remote-sensing operations for Parks Canada's Franklin searches and was one of the first people to see and dive on the wreck of Erebus upon its discovery in 2014.
Tickets for the talk are $20. Click here for full event details and to purchase tickets.