with Joanne Hedou.
Following the failed 1903 canoe expedition and death of her husband, Leonidas J. Hubbard (Laddie), to northern Labrador, the young Mina Hubbard decided to attempt the same trip. The stories that were told about Mr. Hubbard after 1903 had outraged Mina and she planned and undertook her own expedition to northern Labrador in 1905. Mina’s story, best documented in her journal, A Woman’s Way Through Unknown Labrador, is a recounting of her unique approach to discovery. At the time it was exceedingly rare for a woman to attempt a trip in the north. In her journal, Mina documents the wild lands and peoples of the then largely unmapped territory of Eastern Labrador around Grand Lake and the Nascaupee and George rivers. Her approach showed stark contrasts not only to that of her husband but to that of most historic and contemporary explorers and adventurists.
For years the stories of Mina and Laddie’s explorations were on the fringe of history but in 1988, James West Davidson and John Rugge’s book Great Heart brought their story back into the historical record of explorations of the north. Joanne will introduce Mina’s story with some background on the first Hubbard expedition by Laddie and then take people on a telling of Mina’s journey through Grand Lake, up the Nascaupee River and beyond.
Fluvial Geomorphologist Joanne Hedou, MS, studied at the University Of Massachusetts Department Of Geosciences. As part of her graduate work, she worked on climate data research and a paleoclimate study of large lakes throughout North America. In addition to her work as a consultant, for government agencies; and with non-profits in Washington State since 1985, she has been researching and writing about climate change, the environmental movement, and the Hubbard expeditions.