Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BOAT WRECK comments.

The land from James Bay westward is mostly like a swamp, with exceptions where the surrounding land slopes into deep seated lakes.  The boat wreck may have happened on the swift part of the river flowing into Lake Nipigon.  
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The Beardmore relics, Knudson's Sword, ax, and firesteel, are now on display at the Lake Nipigon Historical Museum.  The word "Beardmore" may have derived from the Lenape words meaning"Broken Norsk."  

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A twenty oar Knarr, which was moving down steam in a place where rapids suddenly appear, might have struck a submerged rock with enough force to pitch Paul Knudson into the water.  A sword, axe, and firesteel, would have made swimming in the rushing water a task for a super man.  A broken sword might attest to the power of the rushing water.
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The sad news from the scouting party may have created a reluctance to ferry women and children over the treacherous route.  The actions of the following stanzas appear to indicate a reluctance to leave James Bay even as the weather grew worse and the surrounding people began to press closer.
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ABOUT the PICTOGRAPH
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The triangle with a line about two-thirds of the way to the apex is a very intelligent way to show "Most but not all."  The Prince's head hanging upside down is an equally intelligent way to tell us that the Prince was in the "not all" group.  
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The more I understand what the stanza maker was trying to say, the more impressed I am.  I do not think I could compose anything in any media that would be decipherable six centuries into the future.
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