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Memorable Manitobans: Tattannoeuck “Augustus” (?-1834)

Interpreter.

An Inuk born 200 miles north of Fort Churchill, he was employed at the fort beginning in 1812. In 1820 he was engaged as an interpreter for Sir John Franklin, and he accompanied Franklin down the Coppermine River. He was converted to Christianity by John West in 1823, and he served again as interpreter to Franklin’s second expedition in 1825. He perished while trying to join George Back’s expedition of 1834. He was much beloved by those of the various Franklin parties. A butterfly and a lake in the Northwest Territories were named for him.

More information:

Tattannoeuck, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VI, 753-55.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 28 April 2008

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