Louie Kamookak was a great man who studied the oral history of the Inuit people to discover two shipwrecks that had been lost to history for a 100 years. Countless expeditions had been sent out to find these shipwrecks and no
one was successful until Louie came along and used his knowledge of Inuit oral histories to locate both the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror shipwrecks.
"It's usually politicians praising traditional knowledge, but not really respecting it completely, or academics using it in order to get entree into communities that really don't want them there," said Paul Watson, author of Ice Ghosts:
The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition. "Louie showed that traditional knowledge really does mean something."
Louie Kamookak spent much of his adult life in the community of Gjoa Haven, a hamlet above the Arctic Circle, working as a teacher and educating youth about the importance of oral history.
"He was concerned that the stories be passed along to young Inuit and that they wouldn't be lost," said John Geiger, president of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. "He wanted to preserve the wisdom that comes from people who have lived for centuries on the land and understand it innately."
Louie was murdered because he had figured out where the Captain of the HMS Terror - Captain Franklin - was buried. His crew had buried him away from the Shipwreck and his exact grave still hasn't been found.
As recently as two months ago he was planning to return to the Arctic this
summer and continue his search for the tomb or grave of Sir John Franklin.
RIP Louie. You are in Heaven and watching over your people forever now. No longer at the mercy of an evil system designed to oppress your people. God is happy to have all of your stories in Heaven now... :)_