Land & Sea: Them Days — Part 2
Them Days has been publishing memoirs, Labrador history and legends since the 1970s
Founded in 1975 and still going strong, Them Days magazine has preserved many of the stories and legends of Labrador.
In Part 2 of this 1981 Land & Sea show, editor Doris Saunders records elder Flora Baikie, who remembers that everyone had to saw their own wood to make everything — chairs, beds, qumatiks, small boats and schooners.
Hilda Decker describes how she would make soap from ashes and seal fat. Leo O'Brien of L'Anse-au-Loup tells the story of his first partridge-hunting trip with his father.
Manasse Fox recounts an Inuit legend about Iceberg Island near Nain, featuring two shamans who were said to have competed to prove each had the best magic. The shaman who won took an iceberg and turned it into an island that is still there to this day.
John Edmunds tells the story of an Inuk named Simon who was owed money for a silver fox. He was able to stop a schooner dead in the water, row two miles in a dory, climb aboard and retrieve the money he was owed. Only after he rowed away was the schooner released from his special powers and able to sail away.
There are also tales about haunted houses, a teapot that walks up and down stairs and a tent stove that had such a good draw, it sucked the logs right up into the funnel.
The episode also features an interview with Inuk Josiah Ittiluk about the advantages of sled dogs over snow machines. Born in the northern part of Labrador, Josiah would often travel as far as Cape Chidley wearing sealskin clothing to protect against the cold.
He says he trusted in his dogs; as long as he could see the harness traces and if the dogs had gone that way once before, they never got lost.
Them Days is still thriving. You can find out about current issues here.