Photos by Richard Harrington in Inukjuak (eastern Canadian Arctic) of the Padlemiut tribe. They were taken in 1947, just as the canadian government was abandoning its Arctic policy of benign neglect, to use a Nixonian phrase, and shifting to one of largely forced settlement and relocation. From the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.
"We cling to music, to poems, to quotes, to writing, to art because we desperately do not want to be alone. We want to know we aren’t going crazy and someone else out there knows exactly how you’re feeling. We want someone to explain the things we can’t."