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"Hidden Country": Discovering Mina Benson Hubbard

"Hidden Country": Discovering Mina Benson Hubbard 22-grace 4/9/01 3:20 PM Page 273 “HIDDEN COUNTRY”: DISCOVERING MINA BENSON HUBBARD SHERRILL GRACE It seemed this morning as if something unusual must happen. It was as if we were coming into a hidden country. —“My Explorations in Unknown Labrador” 822 These words were written in 1906, and they record the thoughts of Mina Benson Hubbard as she went down the George River towards the camps of the “Barren Ground People” during the penultimate stage of her 1905 expe- dition across Northern Labrador. Mina was referring to the ancestral lands of the Nascaupi Indians, but her words suggest that there is more at stake in her narrative than her visit to the remote, “hidden country” of the Nascaupi in the interior of one of the Canadian North’s most unforgiving and inac- cessible areas. In this search through the hidden country of Mina’s life and life writing, I want to explore her diary from the 1905 expedition, two arti- cles she published in 1906 about that expedition, and her 1908 book A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador. By comparing Mina’s writing in the diary, articles, and book, I hope to uncover, or at the very least shed some light on, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

"Hidden Country": Discovering Mina Benson Hubbard

Biography , Volume 24 (1) – Feb 1, 2001

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Copyright © 2001 Biographical Research Center.
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22-grace 4/9/01 3:20 PM Page 273 “HIDDEN COUNTRY”: DISCOVERING MINA BENSON HUBBARD SHERRILL GRACE It seemed this morning as if something unusual must happen. It was as if we were coming into a hidden country. —“My Explorations in Unknown Labrador” 822 These words were written in 1906, and they record the thoughts of Mina Benson Hubbard as she went down the George River towards the camps of the “Barren Ground People” during the penultimate stage of her 1905 expe- dition across Northern Labrador. Mina was referring to the ancestral lands of the Nascaupi Indians, but her words suggest that there is more at stake in her narrative than her visit to the remote, “hidden country” of the Nascaupi in the interior of one of the Canadian North’s most unforgiving and inac- cessible areas. In this search through the hidden country of Mina’s life and life writing, I want to explore her diary from the 1905 expedition, two arti- cles she published in 1906 about that expedition, and her 1908 book A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador. By comparing Mina’s writing in the diary, articles, and book, I hope to uncover, or at the very least shed some light on,

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