Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic

by Jennifer Niven | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0786868635 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lohkom of Seoul, Soul-t'ukpyolsi South Korea on 9/30/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by lohkom from Seoul, Soul-t'ukpyolsi South Korea on Monday, September 30, 2013
Vilhjalmur Steffanson was a famous "scientist" who promoted the idea of The Friendly Arctic and who sent four adoring young men to the North Pole to claim an inland that belonged to Russia, for Canada, with provisions for 6 months. Steffanson preached that people could survive easily in the Arctic, except that these people (plus Inuit Ada Blackjack, who was recruited as the aide, seamstrist, etc.) did not know how to hunt, fish, or trap. Steffanson had little funds to mount a follow-on mission until 2 years later, when 3 of the four young men had gone lost trying to find a land route to Siberia and were never seen again, and the 4th man died of scurvy. The lone survivor was Ada Blackjack. This so-called scientist should have been tried and jailed. What a stupid scam artist.

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