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The captain of the Radium King with passengers in Yellowknife in 1954. Credit: NWT Archives, Henry Busse fonds, N-1979-052: 0611
She hauled radioactive ore, nearly blew up on Great Slave Lake, and changed shipping in the North forever.
May 2015
The aurora shimmer over Pangnirtung, Nunavut in winter. www.michaelhdavies.com
Some say the shimmering Northern Lights dance through the sky. The Inuit say they play ball.
March 2016
A little bit of the North, inscribed on the cup. Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame
What would you do for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup?
March 2016
The agony of defeat--shellshocked Molson's players drink bubbly from a gallon pail. Photo courtesy Ron Sulz
A look back at the wildest 20 minutes in Yellowknife hockey history
March 2016
Whaling crews in the 1890s played an extreme version of baseball on the winter sea ice around Herschel Island, off the coast of the Yukon. The local Inuit were their biggest—and rowdiest—fans. Image from National Baseball Hall of Fame, BL-2540.93
Whalers at a 19th century Arctic outpost keep (relatively) sane with America’s pastime
March 2016
To 18th-century voyageurs, Inuit were mythic savages, dangerous and strange. Did they kill Duncan Livingston and his crew?
It's the North's coldest cold case: Two centuries ago at the mouth of the Mackenzie, six bold fur traders came to grief. Did 'Eskimos' murder them? Or was it an inside job?
February 2011
On an icy October morning, two Igloolik hunters set out in their boat, looking for walruses. What happened next was part horror story, part miracle: One of the most difficult - and ultimately deadly - life-saving efforts in Arctic history.
February 2013
Prentice G. Downes, intellectual and adventurer, was in love with the romance of the 'Old North.' His passion for the place very nearly got him killed. Photo courtesy McGahern Stewart Publishing
The inland sea of Nu-thel-tin-tu-eh had long been a place of legend. One man was dying to find it.
March 2013
Once the herd was spotted, the men would make wolf sounds to scare the caribou into the corral. Women and children would line the fence to keep the caribou headed towards the ambush point, where a team of men would be ready with spears and arrows to slaughter them. Illustration by Beth Covvey
How an ingenious hunting practice let the Tłįchǫ survive in the harsh North
February 2016
War and peace along the Peel River
January 2016