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Sketches of Labrador Life by Lydia Campbell

Sketches of Labrador Life
by Lydia Campbell
with a foreword by Doris Saunders and original art by Labrador artists.

Price: CDN$19.95
Folk History
ISBN 1-894294-27-0
64pages, 8.5" x 11"
$19.95, paper
Killick Press
Book Description
Sketches of Labrador Life came into existence in 1894, when Rev. Arthur Waghorne gave an exercise book to seventy-five year old Lydia Campbell, asking her to write her down memories. He subsequently had them published in the St. John's Evening Telegram. They were again published in booklet form in 1980 by her great-great granddaughter, Doris Saunders, publisher of Them Days magazine. This current publication contains the original manuscript, along with a selection of photographs from the archives of Them Days. Diana Dabinett, best known for her watercolours and silk paintings, has chosen work from Labrador artists to complement the text.

About the Author
Lydia Campbell was born in 1818, and died in 1905. According to the foreword by Tony Williamson in the 1980 printing of her memoirs, Lydia Campbell's writings represents the first published writings of a native Labrador resident. She was the direct descendant of one of the earliest European settlers in Hamilton Inlet who married an Eskimo woman, whose lineage goes back thousands of years on coastal Labrador. She represents the beginning of a literate, independent and self-sufficient group of pioneers who made their home in Labrador.

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