The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

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The Ladies, the Gwich'in, and the Rat

In 1926, two British women came from Cornwall to Edmonton and travelled through northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon by rail, sternwheeler, and canoe. For the women, it was a liberating experience, yet Vyvyan's narrative, supported by MacLaren and LaFramboise's insightful editorial work, reveals the imperialist attitudes underlying their travels.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Dedication 7
Foreword 8
Acknowledgements 14
Introduction 16
MAP 1 Western and Northern North America in 1926 20
MAP 2 The Western Arctic in 1926 21
MAP 3 Up the Rat and over the Mountains 22
Lady Vyvyan's Arctic Adventure 52
Contents 54
1 Dreaming of the Journey 56
2 We Plan the Journey 60
3 Southampton to Edmonton 66
4 Outfitting in Edmonton 72
5 Lure of the North 78
6 Days Ashore 84
7 Great Slave Lake 92
8 In and Out 96
9 From Providence to Aklavik 102
10 Eskimos at Aklavik 108
11 Harbour of Wrecked Men 120
12 La Pierre House 124
13 The Unrelenting North 132
14 Two Idle Weeks 140
15 Prelude to Adventure 150
16 Check to our Progress 156
17 Moods, Rapids and Islands 162
18 To Barrier River 170
19 A Turning Point 176
20 Nearing the Divide 182
21 A Day of Days 188
22 A Grizzly Bear 194
23 Down the Porcupine 200
24 Friendly Faces 208
25 To Fort Yukon 216
26 At Fort Yukon 222
27 Travellers, Rivers and Mountains 230
28 The Journey Home 236
Watercolour Sketches by Gwendolen Dorrien Smith 244
Appendix 1 252
Appendix 2 286
Abbreviations, and Notes to Text and Appendix 1 294
References 344
Index 354