Viewing page 25 of 34

& Se-ko - Se-lah & that he (Koo-ook-jun) & any other Innuits went out to the ships in Ki-se & oo-mi-ene & went on board the two ships.
Here again is important oral history ^[[among the Innuits]] going back forty years. The twp ships can be no other than Sir Edward Parry's of the Expedition ^[[from Eng.]] sailing up Husdon's Strait in 1821. 
Turning to Parry Works (Narration of said voyage) under date July 31 1821 he says
"In the afternoon, Capt. Lyon discovered & made the signal for an Esquimaux [[underlined]] OOMick [[/underlined]] (was then in Lat 64[[degree symbol]] - 01' - 30" N Long. 75[[degree symbol]] - 48' - 50" W) coming off ^[[from]] ^[[the]] shore under sail, accompanied by 8 canoes. We [[?]]ed to meet them, & lay to for [[strikethrough]] a [[/strikethrough]] half an hour, for the purpose of adding to our stock of oil.  In this boat were 16 persons of wh. number two only were men, an old & a young one & the rest women & children.  In the ^[[beautiful]] dress & implements of these people we saw nothing different from those of the Esquimaux last described [those of lower & upper Savage Islands]] but they were better behaved than the others with whom our ships [meaning Hudson Bay Company ships] have had more frequent intercourse!!
Under date Aug 1st 1821
Parry continues:
"We continued on the [[strikethrough]] [?]] [[/strikethrough]] Aug, to beat to the [[westward?]] between Nottingham Island & the North shore ^[[ [King's Cape] ]] the distance between which is about 4 leagues & the latter fringed with numerous islands.  In the [[strikethrough]] afternoon [[/strikethrough]] course of the morning, several canoes & one [[underlined]] oomick [[/underlined]] came off from the mainland containing about 20 persons more than half of whom

[[end page]]
[[start page]]

were women & children.  They brought a little oil, some skin dresses & tusks of Walrus which they were desirous of exchanging for any trifle we chose to give them."
What a complete correspondence between this matter ^[[of written history]] of the passage of Parry's 2 ships - the visitation by the Innuits & that of the oral history ^[[of the same]] communicated this day by
Ook-gook-al-lo to me.
He says that he has seen ships pass along - both up & down - & has often visited them, but this was when he visited along the North [[strikethrough]] shor [[/strikethrough]] shore of Hudson's Strait between North Bay (Ki-uk-tuk-ju-a) & Resolution Island (Too-ja-too-ark)
In a Bay* N.W. of
Called by the Innuits
are Am-a-su-an-lo Og-bin (a great many Whales.)  This corresponds to the account ^[[(as to location & numbers of whales)]] as given me by Koo-
choo-am-choo ("Sampson") whose native place is Se-ko-se-lah.  This Bay where whales are so numerous is within the space of the blank of Parry's chart already alluded to.  This information must be communicated
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact