Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the by Mckay Jenkins

By Mckay Jenkins

Within the wintry weather of 1913, excessive within the Canadian Arctic, Catholic monks set out on a deadly project to arrive a bunch of Eskimos and convert them. Upon attaining their vacation spot, the monks have been murdered. Over the following 3 years, one of many Arctic’s such a lot tragic tales turned one in all North America’s strangest and such a lot memorable police investigations and trials. A near-perfect parable of overdue colonialism, in addition to a wealthy exploration of the diversities among ecu Christianity and Eskimo mysticism, Bloody Falls of the Coppermine possesses the depth of actual crime and the romance of desert event.

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They never made it home. Two days after the priests began their journey, a pair of Eskimo hunters named Sinnisiak and Uluksuk found the priests struggling along near a stretch of the Coppermine already heavy with history. In July 1771, just two days before he had become the first white man ever to see the Arctic Ocean, the explorer Samuel Hearne had witnessed a scene of overwhelming violence between Copper Eskimos and Chipewayan Indians at Bloody Falls, a dramatic cataract that for centuries had been a favorite Eskimo fishing spot.

Table of Contents Title Page Dedication Praise Author’s Note Prologue Part One Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Part Two Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Part Three Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Epilogue Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments About the Author Also by McKay Jenkins Copyright Page For CHRIS SHELDRICK AND BRIAN JENKINS, ARCTIC EXPLORERS, for DR. DENNY JENKINS, SURGEON, and for ANNALISA SWAN, MY BABY GIRL Praise for BLOODY FALLS of the COPPERMINE “A haunting, vividly told story, a murder mystery and courtroom drama set against a backdrop of cultures clashing at the top of the world .

3 What lasting impression the murder-suicide had on the Douglas team can only be imagined, since George Douglas wrote no further about it. To what degree they described it to Father Rouvière also can’t be known. But bearing witness to such a horrifying crime, carried out by one man against the companion who was apparently asleep in his bed, could hardly have failed to have unsettled these men as they set out on their own journey north. What had happened in the minds of those trappers, shuttered in against the pressing darkness?

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