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Louise Abbott finished a contract for COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Assocation) in June of 2015, producing two interpretive panels about the history of Cape Hope Island, or Nunaaluk, in southeastern James Bay. The panels were installed on the island during COTA's annual general meeting in Eastmain in July.

One of the panels features a reproduction of a detailed watercolour by Townships artist Dominique Gagnon that shows the location of  homes and dog teams as well as other aspects of life on the island during the Inuit occupation from the 1920s to 1960. Mini Aodla Freeman, the only surviving Inuk to have been born and raised on Nunaaluk, provided a sketch for Dominique and conferred with her on numerous occasions as Dominique's painting evolved. Dominique wanted to include Inuktitut names, and Mini kindly provided those for her.

interpretive panel 2a

The second panel features historical photos of Nunaaluk, including family patriarch George Weetaltuk, and a bilingual text by Louise Abbott outlining the history of the Inuit occupation of the island. Mini Aodla Freeman acted as a consultant on this panel, too.

interpretive panel 1

Our thanks to Mini and Dominique for their help. Our thanks to Lettrage Fortin in Magog for mounting the panels and building and painting the posts. And finally, our thanks to COTA for the commission.

 

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