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CHAPTER I:
A JOURNEY OF SENTIMENT


CHAPTER II:
THE FATAL ERROR


CHAPTER III:
DUTY FIRST


CHAPTER IV:
A MAN'S GAME


CHAPTER V:
A PERMANENT MEMORIAL


CHAPTER VI:
WILL THE ICE TURN US BACK?


CHAPTER VII:
STORMY VOYAGE


CHAPTER VIII:
RETURN TO NORTHWEST RIVER


CHAPTER IX:
A CHIEF VOYAGEUR


CHAPTER X:
THE BEAVER IS A BAD RIVER


CHAPTER XI:
SOUNDING THE BIG LAKE


CHAPTER XII:
BREAD WITHOUT BAKING POWDER MAKES ME SICK


CHAPTER XIII:
I NEVER TRAVELS ON SUNDAY


CHAPTER XIV:
VIRGIN AS GOD MADE IT


CHAPTER XV:
FIRST PORTAGE


CHAPTER XVI:
TRAIL COMPANIONS


CHAPTER XVII:
MURDOCK'S RAPID


CHAPTER XVIII:
TRACKING THROUGH BOULDERS


CHAPTER XIX:
MARCH TO YOUR FRONT LIKE A SOLDIER


CHAPTER XX:
IT'S ALWAYS BAD LUCK TO TRAVEL ON SUNDAY


CHAPTER XXI:
WORST COUNTRY FOR GAME I EVER SAW


CHAPTER XXII:
BACK TO GET THE BAKING POWDER


CHAPTER XXIII:
DISASTER IN THE RAPIDS


CHAPTER XXIV:
TAKING STOCK


CHAPTER XXV:
GRAPPLING


CHAPTER XXVI:
INDIANS HAVE PLENTY OF HARD TIMES


CHAPTER XXVII:
THIS RIVER IS LIKE A BAD WOMAN


CHAPTER XXVIII:
NO RELIEF FROM WADING


CHAPTER XXIX:
HELL AND TWENTY


CHAPTER XXX:
BACKPACKING TO THE SUSAN


CHAPTER XXXI:
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH


CHAPTER XXXII:
THE MIND WORKS CURIOUSLY


CHAPTER XXXIII:
RELIVING THE PARTING


CHAPTER XXXIV:
MARKING HUBBARD'S BOULDER


CHAPTER XXXV:
A NEW DISASTER


CHAPTER XXXVI:
THE HARDEST BIT OF TRAVELING I EVER DONE


CHAPTER XXXVII:
SOMETHING WORTHWHILE UP THERE IN THE HILLS


NOTES

PHOTO GALLERY

COLOUR SLIDE GALLERY

ADDENDUM TO
THIRD EDITION

COMMENTS ON THE
NAMING COMPULSION


COMMENTS ON THE NAMING COMPULSION



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Rudy Mauro, host of the websites, Back to the Labrador Wilds, and The Search for Hubbard's Rock, comments on the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Studies research paper, The Naming Compulsion in Dillon Wallace's The Lure of the Labrador Wild and Mina Hubbard's A Woman's Way Through Unknown Labrador, by Jonathan Parsons:

Jonathan Parsons' 20-page thesis deals with the impact of place naming by explorers on aboriginal culture, with emphasis on the adverse effect of the geographic "naming compulsion" of Dillon Wallace and Mina Hubbard, on the sensitivities of the Labrador Innu.

The author appears to harbour a strong, genuine concern about the hurt experienced by aboriginal people at the hands of colonialists. He begins with the premise that the books of Wallace and Mrs. Hubbard are little more than testaments to "imperial domination". He cites the works of Edward Said and Paul Carter, among others, in support of his theories. (Said is an American-Palestinian literary theorist and advocate of Palestinian rights; Carter, the Australian historian, writer, philosopher, and infuriating [to some] postmodernist, has a long-term interest in the poetic mechanisms of colonialist mapping and marking).

Parsons does a thorough job of denigrating the Labrador work of Dillon Wallace, lumping him in with Grenfell, whom he characterizes as a representative of "the first imperial force to culturally occupy Labrador and impose alien customs", Great Britain. Throughout his discourse, however, Parsons fails to conceal the true source of his irritation, and the probable driving force behind his whole paper--the audacity of one Rudy Mauro in persuading the former Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names to officially bestow the name of poet Rudyard Kipling on a peak in the Labrador range christened Kipling Mountains by Dillon Wallace in 1903 (Kipling, Parsons apparently believes, is the personification of empire and colonialism).

Parsons is a PhD student and contract instructor in the English department of Memorial University of Newfoundland, birthplace of the scholarly 2005 biography, The Woman Who Mapped Labrador: The Expedition Diary of Mina Hubbard. One can imagine the atmosphere, on the 100th anniversary of Mina's journey, as word spread through the corridors of academia that an unknown interloper was attempting to cast aspersions on the work of the darling of members of the History and English departments of Memorial, Saskatchewan and British Columbia universities (one of whom [from Memorial], in 2005 performed the role of Mina in an on-location,100th anniversary re-enactment of the great lady's departure from North West River). How could anyone, someone is reported to have asked at the time, be so mischievous as to question Mina's attaching of that wonderful name, "Lion Heart Mountains", to the Labrador range traversed by her [lion-hearted] husband in 1903?

Parsons does whatever he can to comfort his colleagues at Memorial in that regard. Setting aside Wallace's well-documented naming of the Kipling Mountains two years before Mina set eyes on them, a fact that she herself was very much aware of, Parson's employs his peculiar logic to make the irrelevant point that Mina's name for the range may be every bit as valid as that of Dillon Wallace and "Mauro-Wallace III". He fails to note that Mina's naming gesture is a monumental example of her burning desire to discredit Wallace at every opportunity, equalled only by the misrepresentative inscriptions on Hubbard's grave that so offended Hubbard's sister and Wallace's wife.

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