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Shamans, Spirits, and Faith in the Inuit North

Kenn Harper’s new book (left) details traditional Inuit mythology such as the central story of Sedna (right) and how those beliefs came to interact with Christianity, which missionaries began introducing into the Arctic in the 19th century. (Left: Courtesy of Inhabit Media; right: Germaine Arnaktauyok: Sedna — The Ruler, 1994/courtesy of Inhabit Media)

Left: Courtesy of Inhabit Media; right: Germaine Arnaktauyok: Sedna — The Ruler, 1994/courtesy of Inhabit Media
In this exclusive excerpt from Kenn Harper’s new book, the Arctic historian explores tales of Inuit and Christian beliefs and how these came to coexist — and sometimes clash — in the 19th and 20th centuries
A research ship off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut

This year, the expedition members were ferried to the beach on Baffin Island aboard the Nunavut research vessel, RV Nuliajuak. (Photo: Alex Taylor and Robert Kautuk)

Photo: Alex Taylor and Robert Kautuk
Mike Moloney and Matthew Ayre continued their hunt for the Nova Zembla this summer, and the findings of their Royal Canadian Geographical Society-funded expedition are remarkable
a beadwork of portrait of Louis Riel in the July/August 2019 issue

A beadwork portrait of Louis Riel by artist Krista Leddy opens a feature story on the Métis leader in Canadian Geographic's July/August 2019 issue.

Photo: Krista Leddy/Canadian Geographic
Artist Krista Leddy offers a peek into her studio as she creates a portrait of Louis Riel out of thousands of glass beads
Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

A bust of Louis Riel sits outside Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of Saint Boniface. (Photo: Cal Hills)

Photo: Cal Hills
One writer’s journey to explore the life of Louis Riel
Juno Beach map and Canadian soldiers

A map of the D-Day landing sites on Juno Beach and the surrounding communities (left). Canadian soldiers from Quebec’s Régiment de la Chaudière speak with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
(Map: Detail of Juno area, Beach Chartlet. n.s., 1944, issued for Fleet Purposes by the Hydrographic Dept. of the Admiralty, 18th Feb. 1944 under the Superintendence of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edgell K.B.E., C.B., F.R.S., Hydrographer, 1944, Ian William Workman fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011297133. Photo: Canadian soldiers, including Capt. M.A. Cardinal, from Régiment de la Chaudière with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944, Library and Archives Canada/Department of National Defence fonds/e010750632)

A map of Juno Beach, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy on D-Day
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Juno Beach landings
For the first time in history, officials were forced to cancel hockey’s biggest game as a flu pandemic continued to rage 
Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book "Bush Runner"

Images courtesy Biblioasis

Images courtesy Biblioasis
In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 
Flight of the Highlanders, settlement, Canada, Scotland, Scottish, Manitoba, Metis

Ken McGoogan’s new book encompasses both the eviction of Scots from their homelands and their efforts to settle in pre-Confederation Canada. “Summer View in the environs of the Company Fort Douglas on the Red River,” by artist Peter Rindisbacher, depicts the early years of the Manitoba settlement, but cannot evoke the extreme hardship and conflict that defined the experience. (Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37)

Left: HarperCollins; right: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1988-250-37
A new book by Ken McGoogan traces the experiences of Scottish Highlanders evicted from their homes to pre-Confederation Canada
Map of Eastern Canada, and Joey Smallwood

A 1945 map of Eastern Canada and a picture of Joey Smallwood taken in 1949.

(Map: Detail of Geological map of the Dominion of Canada, map 820A [1 sheet of 2], published by Department of Mines and Resources, Mines and Geology Branch, Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1945, Robert Alexander MacKay fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011202575. Photo: Joey R. Smallwood, 11 Jan. 1949, © Yousuf Karsh, Yousuf Karsh fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e004665476-v6.

Joey Smallwood and a map of Eastern Canada
How a divisive political battle put Newfoundland on the map
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
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