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Point of Blue: Photojournalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton went north in August of 1960, to Canada’s eastern Arctic. On a visit to what was then Frobisher Bay, N.W.T. — today’s Iqaluit, Nunavut — she met an Inuk Leafs fan named Mosha Michael, seen here with his binocs. As Paul Seesequasis has noted, Michael grew up to be a filmmaker. He was director, cinematographer,  and editor of the 1975 National Film Board production Natsik Hunting, the first Inuit-directed film that the NFB produced. Eaton’s 1960 notes, it should be said, reflect a nominal uncertainty — she refers to her subject as Mosha, Moosa, Moshah, and Mosher, as well as “son of Mike the Captain.” (Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada / e010975445)

 

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Photojournalist Rosemary Gilliat Eaton travelled to Canada’s eastern Arctic in 1960, stopping that August in what was then Frobisher Bay, N.W.T. — today’s Iqaluit, Nunavut. Someone she met there was an Inuk boy named Mosha (her notes also refer to him as Moosa, Moshah, and Mosher), seen here in Toronto blue, preparing polar bear meat for a stew. As Paul Seesequasis has noted, the northern Leafs enthusiast grew up to be filmmaker Mosha Michael.

British-born in 1919, Eaton settled in Canada, in Ottawa; later she went to Nova Scotia, making her home in a community that may not then have been much on the national hockey map but is now: Cole Harbour. She died in 2004. The archive of her life’s work runs to 100,000 images, most of which are divided between Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum.

(Photo: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton / Library and Archives Canada / e010799968)