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By Barbara E. Kelcey

Kelcey information their struggles with the household realities of developing a house or dwelling within the antagonistic stipulations imposed via the geography, in addition to their have to regulate the best way they labored. the wealthy assets left through Christian missionaries supply information of missionary ladies stuck up within the zeal in their vocation yet held in the confines of a paternal church. The letters and reviews of the gray Nuns who labored along the Oblate Fathers within the Mackenzie point out the hardships imposed by way of their state of affairs but additionally exhibit how pushed they have been by means of their missionary function. by myself in Silence is the 1st ebook to handle the anonymity of eu ladies within the north. Kelcey attracts from a various box of assets, employing released and first resources so scattered that there was no prior experience of collective thoughts. by way of giving voice to this overlooked staff she bargains a special viewpoint at the sizeable literature on lifestyles within the north.

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Delaying treatment of dental caries only made the condition more severe. During her 1922 trip along the Arctic coast, Gladys O’Kelly noticed that dental problems were a serious drawback to living in the north. She observed that the Inuit had splendid teeth while the white men invariably lost all of theirs. Was this caused by using ice for drinking water, she wondered. ”76 What concerned the government doctor was not so much the tooth decay itself, however.

After the ship was sighted, everyone started running; it was summer and the ship could be seen at any time of the day or night. 12 Long letters from home contained a whole year’s news, but it was impossible to sit back and read them leisurely. First of all, one just had to know the news. Who had married or given birth? Who was ill or had died? While these were important bits of news, there was always the possibility that something might need a reply, and the letter had to go on the ship about to leave.

It would be easy to put this down to “the stuff of which pioneer women were made,” but that explanation is too general. It ignores realities and damns those who could not bear the strain – and there were certainly some of those. Annie Card allowed that even though her husband was fascinated with his job as an Indian Agent, she herself could not tolerate the isolation. With the nearest doctor 700 miles away she was afraid her young daughter might succumb to the diseases prevalent among the Indians.

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