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A frequent peril encountered on Carnegie expeditions was the raiding of food supplies by the natives. On the 1938 expedition, Twomey and Doutt's supplies were raided at two different locations by a group of starving women. Their husbands had been unsuccessful in the hunt, and had moved further away from home to look for food, leaving the women to fend for themselves. Twomey describes the harsh realities of native life during the winter:

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"In a food shortage, amongst most Hudson Bay Indians, the girl children are first to be denied. Starvation days follow a traditional routine. The grown hunters always take precedence until the food supply is nearly out. Then only the little boys, the hunters of the future, continue to be fed.

"The winter starvation killed twenty-one Indians in the Seal Lake Region in 193 . . ."

Photo: A young Inuit mother and her child in their hut.

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