Strangers among Us by David C. Woodman

Strangers among Us

byDavid C. Woodman

Hardcover | September 7, 1995

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In 1868 American explorer Charles Francis Hall interviewed several Inuit hunters who spoke of strangers travelling through their land. Hall immediately jumped to the conclusion that the hunters were talking about survivors of the Franklin expedition and set off for the Melville Peninsula, the location of many of the sightings, to collect further stories and evidence to support his supposition. His theory, however, was roundly dismissed by historians of his day, who concluded that the Inuit had been referring to other white explorers, despite significant discrepancies between the Inuit evidence and the records of other expeditions. In Strangers Among Us Woodman re-examines the Inuit tales in light of modern scholarship and concludes that Hall's initial conclusions are supported by Inuit remembrances, remembrances that do not correlate with other expeditions but are consistent with Franklin's.

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Title:Strangers among UsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 0.67 × 6.98 × 10.03 inPublished:September 7, 1995

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ISBN - 10:0773513485

ISBN - 13:9780773513488

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Nearly two decades after the disappearance of Sir John Franklin's 1845 expedition, American explorer Charles Francis Hall interviewed several Inuit hunters who spoke of strangers travelling through their land. Hall immediately assumed the strangers were survivors of the Franklin expedition and set off for the Melville Peninsula where the sightings occurred to gather evidence to support his theory. Hall's theory was immediately dismissed by historians of his day. Now David Woodman re-examines the Inuit accounts in the light of modern scholarship and re-evaluates the importance of Inuit oral traditions in his search to reconstruct the events surrounding Franklin's expedition.