Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mina Benson Hubbard




I read a book....yes, I know that is shocking given that I'm a librarian....but it was a book that has stayed with me for years. It is a book about a woman called Mina Benson Hubbard. She was a remarkable woman. This is how the online Canadian Encyclopedia described her and her accomplishments:

From the time she plunged into the unknown Labrador wild, crossing huge lakes of wind-whipped white caps, running kilometre after kilometre of dancing, foam-flecked rapids down the George River until it lost its wilderness spirit in Ungava Bay, Mrs. Hubbard was not idle. She brought back the first maps of the Naskaupi and George River valleys, which were accepted by the American Geographical Society and the Geographical Society of Great Britain. She made notes on the flora and fauna of Labrador. She described in detail the great Labrador caribou migration and photographed the Naskaupi and Montagnais Indians who hunted the animals for their food and clothes.

Mrs. Hubbard's expedition was extraordinary by any measure. Given the era and the fact that she was a woman, her trip stands out like a beacon in the annals of Canadian exploration.

I'm blessed to be a part of a round robin journal exchange that has just begun. I have to admit that I am partial to exchanges in which the journals actually travel. I know the risks....postal issues being the biggest....but it means something to have a journal in one's hand. To feel its textures and experience it's colours and vibrancy. The theme of my journal is "Women Who Dared...." and that is what inspired this post. The spread on Mina Benson Hubbard had been nibbling at my artful subconscious for some time and this was my chance to release it. I hope to continue to commemorate females who accomplished extraordinary feats in times of incredible hardship and in societies that discouraged them.

If you get a chance, check out the book on Mina....you won't be disappointed. I'd love to hear about the women who inspire you!

7 comments:

martha brown said...

I will definitely read this book~ And I can't wait to work in your book (not for many months :) I am supposed to be mailing a book off to you in a few days -- but I don't have it yet, so obviously it will be late.....

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fantastic story and great work. I will look out for the book. What a fabulous theme too. Penny

Melissa said...

Ohhhh, this is one I am going to check out!
Smiles-
Melissa

Karen Owen said...

What an inspiration - both the woman and your journal spread!

Faye said...

Heather, you have certainly made me sit up and take notice. My husband has fished on the Ungava peninsula and said the area was rugged. I would love to read about this incredible woman. I'll be looking for the book. And your art is gorgeous.

Marielle said...

I know this flux was on about 2 years ago but I was googling information on Mina Benson Hubbard when I found you. Your book is really beautiful. I have come round MBH while looking for a subject for my master dissertation on woman explorer. And here I found her all smile. I've read her diary, her book and other books on her and her achievements. I've chosen this subject to understand the spirit of my grandmother who went climbing mountains in the Alps with my grandfather in 1920 with mountains as high as 4,000 m. No firsts but leading the life they wanted and she could wear breeches unlike Mina. I hope you enjoyed the reading of her book and that your book has become really awesome. Hello from France.

Anonymous said...

Great share! Thank you for sharing something that is so inspiring!