Transcript: Edna's Bloodline | Nov 22, 2017

[music, throat singing]

A caption reads "Yukon, Canada. 1909."

A man shivers inside a tent on a snow covered mountain. Beside him sits a woman.

[humming]

Edna Elias says I HAVE
ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER
PETTER NORBERG.
I DON'T KNOW THAT MUCH
ABOUT HIM, APART FROM THAT
HE HAD AN ADVENTUROUS
SPIRIT, AND HE CAME
TO CANADA FROM SWEDEN AT
THE END OF THE 1800s.
[children's laughter]
HE CAME IN CONTACT
WITH A GWICH'IN TRIBE,
MET DORA AND GOT
MARRIED.
THEY HAD THREE CHILDREN:
MY GRANDPA JOHNNY,
AGNES AND CAROLINE.
THEY TRAVELLED THE
YUKON TOGETHER
HUNTING AND TRAPPING.
THEY DID THIS
FOR TEN YEARS...
BEFORE THAT
FATEFUL INCIDENT.

The title of the show reads "Edna’s Bloodline."

A caption reads "Harnosand, Sweeden."

Lennart is in his sixties, clean-shaven and with short white hair. He wears a blue and white striped polo shirt.

He says "I thought his life was so interesting...that I started writing about his adventures. He was a nice guy that had a very harsh childhood. I actually become emotional when I talk about this. His dad was killed and he had younger siblings. They were poor and had it extremely difficult. He was born in Harnosand in 1876. When he was 18 he decided to go to sea. He enlisted on a ship and left Sweden for a better life. He was an adventurer in a big way. Someone told him about ‘The Klondike’ in Canada. So he decided to go there to find his fortune. At first he was a gold miner. And sometimes he got quite a bit of money. Being from Norrland, he was used to the forest and the mountains. So he started hunting and fishing. And so it happened that he came in close contact with an Indian tribe."

Pictures of Harnosand in the 19th century appear.

The man continues "There he found a girl that he became attracted to. She was the daughter of the chief. He was accepted into the tribe as one of them. After I finished the book , I thought there might be more pieces of the puzzle. It’s a bit like searching for nuggets of gold. I was searching the internet and suddenly came across a site for his Canadian relations. There was a person called Edna Elias asking if anyone had any knowledge ... of her great grandfather Petter Norberg."

A caption read "Kugluktuk, Canada."

Edna rides a boat across the river.

Edna is in her sixties, with short brown hair and wears sunglasses, an aqua green jacket and a white knit hat.

Edna says HE POPPED UP RIGHT
TO THEIR RIGHT.
I SEE IT, BEN.

Ben is in his thirties, clean-shaven and with short brown hair. HE wears a gray jacket and holds a rifle.

He says "Darn this wind!"

He shoots at a seal.

Edna says YA, IT JUST WENT DOWN.
RIGHT IN FRONT.
[shot fired]

Edna says AHH, HE WENT DOWN!
WE HAVEN'T
EATEN SEAL MEAT
PRETTY MUCH
ALL SUMMER.
AND WE'RE REALLY
CRAVING THE MEAT.
AND WE EAT THE HEART,
THE INTESTINES.
WHEN MY MOM WAS
ALIVE SHE WOULD EAT
THE HEAD OF A
YOUNG SEAL.
I STILL SAY I'M
AN ESKIMO.
I STILL EAT RAW
MEAT, YOU KNOW.
WHOEVER GAVE
US THAT NAME,
IT'S PRETTY
ACCURATE, I THINK.

An old man says "We usually set our nets there."

Edna says WE ALWAYS GOT SO
EXCITED WHEN TEAM CANADA
IN WOMEN'S CURLING
WOULD PLAY.
ANNETTE NORBERG;
AND WE WONDERED
IS SHE OUR RELATION?

A picture of Edna’s dad holding Edna as a baby appears.

Edna says I ASKED MY DAD DID YOUR
DAD EVER TELL STORIES
ABOUT HIS DAD?
HE SAID, HE NEVER HEARD
MUCH OF HIS GRANDFATHER.
THEY WERE SO BUSY TRAPPING
EVERY DAY, HUNTING,
FISHING AND TRYING
TO EARN A LIVING.
I WISH I HAD KNOWN MY
GRANDFATHER JOHNNY
A LOT CLOSER.
I WAS VERY CLOSE TO MY
MOTHER'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY.
PETTER AND GRANDPA
JOHNNY WERE BOTH
IN THE FUR TRADING
BUSINESS.
I FOUND OUT LATER
THAT GRANDPA JOHNNY
WAS PART SWEDISH.
ONCE I LEARNED MORE ABOUT
IT AND I THOUGHT,
WELL SOMEDAY I WANT
TO GO TO SWEDEN.
I'M GOING TO LOOK
FOR THOSE PEOPLE.
I HAD NO CLUE HOW
I WOULD START.

The caption changes to "Stockholm, Sweden."

[raven caws]
[Edna reading...]

Lennart says "Right after the book came out ...I had a call from a Fredrik Norberg. He was incredibly interested...and he ordered several books from me."

Fredrik is in his thirties, balding and with a stubble. He wears Bermuda shorts, a denim shirt and sunglasses.

He says "I’ve known about him for as long as I can remember. My father showed me this original. My father showed me this original newspaper article that was almost falling to bits."

Lars is in his fifties, with very short blond hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears khakis, a white polo T-shirt and sunglasses over his head.

Lars shows the article to Lars and says "You hardly dare to touch this one. It says here, "The Swede that became an Indian."

Fredrik says "It was during the industrial revolution in Sweden and Petter’s father was a farmhand. They moved into a shanty town outside Harnosand. His father was kicked to death and they knew who did it. But they couldn’t do anything but accept it. After his father’s death the children ended in a poor man’s auction...and they were sold. So this is probably why Petter left."

Fredrik shows Lars a picture and says "This is a photo of Petter taken around 1930."

Edna reads an e-mail from Fredrik and says MY NAME IS
FREDRIK NORBERG
AND I AM A DISTANT
RELATIVE IN SWEDEN.
IT WOULD BE A PLEASURE
TO CONNECT WITH YOU
AND HOPEFULLY FIND
OUT MORE ABOUT
PETTER'S LIFE IN CANADA.
HOLY SMOKES!

Fredrik says MY
GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS ALFRED,
PETTER'S BROTHER, AND SHE'S THE
GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF PETTER.

Edna says "Millie, come here for a minute have a look at this.
It was written to me by email. By who. He’s Petter Norberg’s great grandnephew in Sweden."

Millie is in her sixties, with short wavy gray hair and wears glasses, jeans and a black sweatshirt with a print on the front.

Fredrik says "It became more real knowing that we do have relatives over there actually called Norberg."

Edna says SO WE'RE THE SAME -
WHAT DO YOU CALL IT?
GENERATION.
COOL.
HOW EXCITING.

She types ILAANILU, MEANING
AND SOME OTHER TIME.
EDNA.

Lars says "It feels strange that we have relatives so far away in the world...in a place we’ve never heard of. We know about Eskimos in Greenland but these Eskimos live in a completely different place, way up north in Canada. We really know nothing about them."

Fredrik says "No."

Wearing a traditional Eskimo outfit, Edna says THIS IS MY
MOTHER HUBBARD.
WE STILL WEAR THEM.
WE ALL LOOK
BEAUTIFUL.
IT HAS WOLVERINE ON THE
BOTTOM, WOLVERINE HERE
AND THIS IS THE WOLF AND
IT'S CALLED A SUNBURST.
AROUND MY CUFFS I HAVE
MUSKRAT JUST TO KEEP
THE WIND OUT AND KEEP
MY SLEEVES WARM.
THAT'S MY
MOTHER HUBBARD.
AS COMMISSIONER OF NUNAVUT
I HAD TO RELOCATE
AND LIVE AND
WORK IN IQALUIT,
THE CAPITAL OF
OUR TERRITORY.
THAT IS A VERY
SYMBOLIC ROLE.
IT'S THE HEAD OF
STATE FOR NUNAVUT.
THE BIG ROLE OF
COMMISSIONER WAS EDUCATING
OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBOURS
ABOUT NUNAVUT
AND WHO WE ARE.

Fredrik says "I work as a web developer. Not in design, but the logic behind the website. Each day I take the subway into town...on my way home I go straight to Thai Boxing. Afterwards I may hit the supermarket for groceries. It’s not like I have to hunt or work too hard for my food."

Edna and Fredrik have a conversation via Skype.

[Skype call ringing]

Fredrik says HELLO.

Edna says HELLO, GOOD
MORNING.
YES, I CAN SEE
YOU, FREDRIK.
IT'S EDNA IN CANADA.

Fredrik says HI, EDNA.
HOW ARE YOU?

Edna says HOW NICE TO
SEE YOU IN PERSON.
WE HAD A SUPER DAY.
YESTERDAY WE HAD 40
DIRECT DESCENDANTS
OF PETTER NORBERG
GRADUATING
AT THE KUGLUKTUK
HIGH SCHOOL.
SO YOU HAVE LOTS OF
RELATIONS OVER HERE.
LOVE FOR YOU TO COME
AND SEE KUGLUKTUK,
OUR COMMUNITY, MEET ALL
YOUR MANY RELATIVES.

Fredrik says WE'D LIKE TO
COME AND MEET ALL YOU.
THAT WOULD BE FUN.

Edna says OKAY, ILAANILU.

Fredrik says BYE BYE.

Edna says BYE.
IT'S EXCITING
TO SEE HIM.
AND I WAS THINKING
AS I LOOKED AT HIM,
I SAID, OH, HE MUST
BE A NORBERG
HE'S GETTING AS BALD
AS MY UNCLES.
[laughs]
BUT I DIDN'T WANT
TO TELL HIM THAT.

Fredrik says "Dad thinks like me, that it’s quite surreal. A year ago, you could never have guessed that we would do this. To go there and visit our relatives, who are relatives of an adventurer. It’s going to be amazing."

Edna says IT WILL BE NICE TO
PHYSICALLY SEE FREDRIK.

(music plays)

Edna says IT'S BEEN AN EXCITING
MORNING WAITING FOR
FREDRIK AND HIS FATHER,
LARS NORBERG, TO ARRIVE.
THEIR FIRST TIME TO CANADA
AND THEY COME TO CANADA'S
BEST PLACE
KUGLUKTUK, NUNAVUT.

[announcement in Inuktitut]

The flight Attendant says HI,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
AS WE CONTINUE OUR DESCENT
DOWN INTO KUGLUKTUK
AT THIS TIME, WE ASK THAT
ALL YOUR PORTABLE
ELECTRONIC DEVICES BE
POWERED DOWN AND POPPED INTO
THE SEAT POCKET IN
FRONT OF YOU.

The plane lands.

Edna says FREDRIK?

Fredrik says OH, HI.

Edna says HI; EDNA.

Fredrik says WOW.

Edna says WELCOME.
YOU MADE IT.

Lars says HELLO,
NICE TO MEET YOU.

Edna says AND THIS IS SOME
OF THE DESCENDANTS
OF THE NORBERG CLAN
HERE TO MEET YOU.
AND EVERYBODY ELSE IS
OUT GETTING READY
FOR TODAY'S FROLIC.
HI, FREDRIK.

Edna says YOU CAN INTRODUCE
YOURSELVES IF YOU WANT.
COME ON.

Lars says HI, NICE TO
MEET YOU.

Fredrik says HELLO, I'M
FREDRIK.

Lila says HI, I'M LILA.
I'M MARRIED TO
A NORBERG.

Lila is in her thirties, with brown hair and wears a purple parka and a striped knit hat.

Fredrik says I'm Fredrik.

A relative says THE COMMUNITY
AWAITS, WE AWAIT!
[laughing]

Fredrik says THANK YOU.
[puppy whimpering]

Kids play hockey on the snow outside as a snowmobile drives past them.

[kids playing]
[snowmobile buzzes]

Lars says "So Fredrik what do you think about the architecture?"

Fredrik says "It looks like a rundown holiday resort in northern Sweden. It’s beautiful in an ugly way somehow."

Lars says "Yes, it’s exotic."

At a asupermarket, Fredrik says "It’s a non-alcoholic community. There’s nowhere they serve it. No pubs or restaurants. Nothing! It sure is different up here compared to what we’re used to."

Edna says THIS IS
WHERE I LIVE.
SO WELCOME TO
MY HOME.
COME ON IN.
THIS IS COTTON,
MY LITTLE DOG.

Lars says HELLO.

Edna says APRIL,
MY SISTER.

April is in her thirties, with long brown hair in a bun and she wears a burgundy sweater.

April says IT'S SO NEAT
TO THINK THAT THAT
THE LAST NORBERG THAT
VENTURED THIS WAY
WAS PROBABLY PETTER
MANY YEARS AGO.

Fredrik says WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT
IT, IT'S REALLY STRANGE
BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW THAT
MUCH ABOUT THIS HERITAGE
OR LINEAGE HERE UNTIL JUST
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO
WHEN WE ACTUALLY
STARTED TO DIG INTO
THAT A LITTLE BIT.

Lars says WHAT DO YOU
DO IN THE WINTER?

Edna says HIBERNATE.
[laughs]

Fredrik puts on furry boots.

Edna says CRISSCROSSES
IN THE BACK.

She says ""Tie the laces."

Fredrik puts on a skiing hat and says FITS
LIKE A GLOVE.

Edna puts strings across Fredrik’s chest and says THESE ARE CALLED
IDIOT STRINGS FOR A REASON.
'CAUSE IF YOU'RE NOT
WEARING THEM, YOU TWIST
THEM IN THE BACK AND
THEY JUST HANG THERE.
AND YOU UNTWIST THEM WHEN
YOU NEED TO PUT THEM ON.

Fredrik says I THINK I'LL
GO WITH MY OWN GLOVES
TO START WITH.

Edna says OKAY.

Fredrik says THESE FEEL
LIKE OVERKILL.

April says NO, IT'S
REALLY COLD OUT.
EVERYONE'S
DRESSED THE WAY
THAT WE'RE DRESSED
OUT THERE.
IT'S COLD.
DON'T WORRY.
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO LOOK
LIKE THE SOUTHERN MAN
WHO'S OVERDRESSED.
[snowmobiles buzzing]

Outside, they watch a snowmobile driving along.

Edna says LOOK AT THESE TWO,
HOW CLOSE THEY ARE.

A woman says "Have some soup! Have some meat!"

Another woman says KUGLUKTUK FROLICS IS
THE KICKOFF TO OUR SPRING
WHERE WE ALL CELEBRATE
THE REGENERATION OF LIFE.
AND AFTER THE FROLICS ARE
OVER, THE FAMILIES WILL
START PLANNING AND
PREPARING TO GO
TO THEIR TRADITIONAL
HUNTING GROUNDS.
THE YOUNG BOYS
BECOME MEN.
YOU TRUST THEM
WHOLEHEARTEDLY
TO PROTECT YOU FROM BEARS
OR ANY OTHER ANIMALS
THAT COME YOUR WAY.

Edna says NICE AND
WARM IN THERE.

Fredrik says IF PETTER WAS OUT
IN THE SLED WITH SLED DOGS,
DID HE SLEEP IN A
TENT LIKE THIS?

Edna says IN THE WINTER IF
YOU WERE TRAPPING,
YOU ARE ALWAYS ON THE GO
AND THEY USED TO HAVE
ALL THEIR WORLDLY
POSSESSIONS ON THE DOG SLED
AND THEIR FAMILY
SITTING ON TOP.

Fredrik says to Lars "how cold it’s been for us and to think of Petter who was here without a house."

Edna says WE'RE GOING TO GO
TO THE CLOSING CEREMONIES
OF THE 39TH
KUGLUKTUK FROLICS.
AND TONIGHT THE NORBERG
DESCENDANT FIDDLERS
WILL PLAY THEIR MUSIC.

[fiddle music]

Clips show people dancing to the fiddle music band.

[applause]

Edna says "This evening I’d like to introduce our guests from overseas."

Edna says AND THEY ARE
OUR RELATIVES.
ALL THOSE THAT ARE
DESCENDANTS OF GRANDPA
JOHNNY NORBERG, THEY
ARE RELATED TO US.
LARS NORBERG.
[applause]
FREDRIK NORBERG.

Edna says "Please welcome them. They want to meet relatives and witness our culture in Kugluktuk. Thank you."

Edna says HAVE FUN!

A relative says HOW EXCITING.

Fredrik says YEAH, IT'S
REALLY FUN.

The relative says FAMILY FROM THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD.

Lars says YEAH, FAR AWAY.

Fredrik says FAR AWAY.
[cheers]
[fiddle music]

A dance troupe walks out and performs.

[applause]

The emcee says CAN I ASK HER MAJESTY
TO COME BACK OUT HERE?

Lars says "That was different! Great to tell your grandchildren!"

Fredrik says "It’s hard to convey how different it is."

Lars says "It’s really fantastic."

(music plays)

At Edna’s house, Fredrik says THIS IS THE BOOK
THAT LENNART VON POST
FROM HARNOSAND WROTE
ABOUT PETTER NORBERG.
AND IT'S THE - WELL,
THE ONLY, AS WE KNOW,
PUBLISHED BOOK THAT
HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT HIM.
AND THIS IS THE SECTION
WHERE PETER'S WIFE, DORA,
WAS ACCUSED FOR
WILLFUL MURDER.
[wind howling]

Lennart says "One tough winter, it had been very difficult to hunt any animals for food. The only thing they had to eat was porridge made out of bark. The bark contained strychnine, a poison. It could be he ate too much as he was trying to hunt. He ate too much, took ill, and they thought he would die. They sent for someone at the Husdon’s Bay Company outpost...who returned and managed to save him. The company representative thought this Indian woman was trying to kill him by giving him too much of this food. They decided there would be a trial."

Fredrik says BUT SHE COULDN'T
BE CONVICTED BECAUSE
OF THE LACK OF
EVIDENCE.
BUT THE COURT ORDERED THE
HUSBAND AND WIFE TO DIVORCE,
SO THE CHILDREN, BECAUSE
THEY SUSPECTED DORA
OF THE WILLFUL MURDER,
THEY FELL TO PETER
TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, BUT
HE SENT THEM TO HAY RIVER
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL.
AND THE WIFE RETURNED
TO HER TRIBE.

Edna says RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
WAS CANADA'S ATTEMPT
AT EDUCATING
THE NATIVES.
BUT THEY DID IT IN
WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE
A VERY NEGATIVE
MANNER.
THE AIM OF THE GOVERNMENT
WAS TO TAKE THE INDIAN
OUT OF US OR THE INUK
OUT OF US AND BECOME -

Fredrik says MODERNIZED.

Edna says MODERNIZE US.

Edna says IN MY FAMILY THERE
ARE FOUR GENERATIONS OF US
THAT WENT TO
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
STARTING FROM
GRANDPA JOHNNY.
MY DAD WENT
TO AKLAVIK.
I WENT TO INUVIK.
THE TIME WHEN AGNES AND
JOHNNY WENT THEY WERE VERY -
RUN BY DENOMINATIONAL
CATHOLIC OR ANGLICAN.
I THINK FOR SOMEONE LIKE
PETTER WHO WAS ADVENTURER,
HUNTER, TRAPPER WHO WAS
ON THE GO, YOU KNOW,
IT WAS A CONVENIENT PLACE
TO PUT THE CHILDREN.

Fredrik says AFTER THE
DIVORCE IT SAYS HERE
PETTER FELT BROKEN DOWN,
BITTER, AND WITHOUT ROOTS.
BUT HE PUT ON HIS
SNOWSHOES AND TOOK OFF
TOWARDS NORTH,
TOWARDS THE ICE OCEAN.
HIS FRIENDS AT THE
HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY SAID
IT'S A BAD IDEA, AND NOBODY
WANTS TO JOIN HIM ON THIS TRIP.
BUT HE WENT ALONE TOWARDS
NORTH, TOWARDS ESKIMOS
TO A PLACE WHERE THEY HAD
NEVER SEEN A WHITE MAN.
HE GOES AROUND
60 KILOMETERS
DOWN THE MACKENZIE RIVER
ON AN ICE FLOAT.
AND WHY HE DID AN
ICE FLOAT, I DON'T KNOW.
SO THAT'S WHY PEOPLE
STARTED CALLING HIM
FOR A FOOL NORBERG.

Fredrik says "In 1919 he received an incredible opportunity when he was offered the position of station manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company, on the arctic coast."

Fredrik says AND THEN PETTER
TELLS IT HIMSELF THAT
1920 THERE WAS WAR UP
IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN.
THE WHITE PEOPLE
SHOT ESKIMOS.
THEY SHOT HIS MACHINIST
AND A POLICEMAN.
[shot fired]

A re-enactment shows a white man shooting an Eskimo from the back.

Lars says BUT HE DISAPPEARED
FROM THIS PLACE
AT THE SAME TIME AS
HIS PARTNER WAS SHOT.

Edna says HI, SHAWN.

Shawn Kulitana is in his forties, clean-shaven and with brown hair. He wears a black and blue puff jacket, a black knit hat and sunglasses over the hat.

Shawn HI, THIS
IS A GIFT FROM MY MOM.
SOME MEAT THAT WE GOT
FROM OUR RELATIVES.

Edna says IS THIS THE
POLAR BEAR MEAT?

Shawn says YEAH.

Edna says THIS IS FROM THE
LEG OF A POLAR BEAR.
IT WILL MARINADE FOR A
GOOD DAY AND THEN
SLOW COOKED.

Fredrik says WOW, THAT'S
GOING TO BE GREAT.

Lars says THAT'S GOING
TO BE A BIG THING,
POLAR BEAR DINNER.

Edna says BASICALLY, INUIT LIVED
ALWAYS HAVING TO CATCH
THEIR FOOD FOR THE DAY.
AND SO IT'S A REAL
TRADITION OF THE INUIT
TO BE PATIENT.
WHEN THEY GO SEAL HUNTING
THEY GOTTA BE SO QUIET.

Shawn says THE SEAL HOLE;
IT'S A LITTLE HOLE
AND THE SEAL HUNTER IS
JUST GOING TO STAND THERE
AND WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT
AND ONCE THEY SEE STEAM
COME OVER THEY'RE GONNA
MOVE AS QUIET AS YOU CAN
AND THEN GIVE
IT A STRIKE.

Fredrik says THAT'S HOW THEY
DID IT, LIKE, IN PETTER'S -

Edna says WHEN PETTER WAS HERE,
THAT'S THE WAY THEY WOULD
HAVE HUNTED SEALS
IN THE WINTER.

Fredrik says COOL.

Edna says WE WANT YOU TO SEE
A TRADITIONAL SEAL HUNT.
SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN?

Fredrik says SOUNDS LIKE
A REALLY GOOD PLAN.

Lars says RIGHT ON.

Edna says GOOD.

They high-five.

Fredrik puts on hunting boots.

Edna says TOO TIGHT?

Lars says NO, I
THINK IT'S OKAY.

Edna says LOOKS TIGHT.

They struggle to put on their boots.

Fredrik says "What a mess!"

Edna says YOU FORGOT HOW I
DRESSED YOU YESTERDAY?
HEE HEE HEE.

Lars says "Ok Fredrik, it’s time to get out there. Check it out, matching boots!"

Edna says I HOPE YOU ALL
HAD YOUR MORNING DUMP
[laughs]

Lars says THAT'S
TAKEN CARE OF.

Hunter: IF THE SEAL
IS COMING UP,
YOU'LL HEAR THE WATER.

Fredrik says OKAY.
HOW LONG DO WE HAVE
TO WAIT TO...

Outside, a man does a 180 with a snowmobile and says "That’s how easy it is!"

Fredrik says "I’m going to do that too!"

Edna says "You’ll drive a skidoo on the Coronation Gulf on the Arctic Ocean!"

Fredrik says "That’s a first."

Edna says "Hey. Drive on the right side of the road."

A hunter says "If the seal is coming up you’ll hear the water."

Fredrik says "How long do we have to wait to to get a seal?"

The hunter says PROBABLY WAIT AN HOUR
OR YOU CAN WAIT
ALL DAY LONG.

Lars says OKAY.

The hunter says WE HAVE TO BE
VERY QUIET NOW.

They stare at a small hole in the ice. The hunter holds a spear.

Fredrik says "To think that this is what Petter might have done."

Lars says "It was probably the same tactic in the 20’s."

Fredrik says "To stand here for hours."

Lars says "My toes are freezing."

Fredrik says "I’m not allowed to move - wiggle your toes!"

Lars says "I’m doing that!"

The hunter pokes a hole in the ice.

Fredrik says IS THAT THE SAME
TOOLS THAT PETTER USED?

Edna says THEY WOULD HAVE HAD
TO HAVE A SCOOP MADE OUT
OF EITHER - SOME PEOPLE
USED TO USE MUSKOX HORN,
YOU KNOW, THE
BOSS OF THE HORN.

Fredrik says OKAY.

Edna says SCOOP THAT OUT
AND CARVE IT OUT
TO MAKE A SCOOP, OR THEY'D
FIND COPPER FROM THE AREA.
TALK TO THE FISH.

Edna says "Fish, fish where are you?"

Lars says "It means, "Bite little fish-devil" in Swedish."

Fredrik says I THINK
IT HELPS.

Edna says "Bite it, bite it."

Lars says COME TO ME.

Fredrik says I'LL STAY HERE
UNTIL I CATCH ONE OR DIE.

Edna says "Something come along to bite it."

Edna pulls out a fish and says YAY!

Lars says HOLY!

Edna says IT'S A COD FISH AND
HE PUT THE WHOLE HOOK
IN HIS MOUTH LIKE I
WAS TELLING HIM!
BITE THIS HOOK; PUT THE
WHOLE HOOK IN YOUR MOUTH.
AND HE DID.
OH, YES.
STAND OVER THE
HOLE SO YOU DON'T
GET IT CAUGHT
ON THE ICE.
DON'T BUST THE LINE.
HOLY CRIPES, YOU'VE
GOT A BIG ONE.

Lars says THE HOLE IS
TOO SMALL.

Edna says DARN IT!
AWW, IT CAME OFF.

Lars says "He took half the hook! It must have been a whale you caught!"

Edna says WE'RE
WAITING FOR SUZY VARADILUK
WHO'S AN
ELDER IN TRAINING.
SHE'S SETTING UP IN THE
IGLOO WITH A QULLIQ,
THE STONE LAMP.

Fredrik says YOU'RE FIRST.
NO, I'M FIRST.

Edna says WOW, HELLO.
[speaking Inuktitut]

Suzy is in her seventies, with short slightly wavy gray hair and wears a traditional Eskimo parka.

Inside the igloo, Suzy says I MUST HAVE
BEEN AS YOUNG AS SIX.
I REMEMBER PLAYING WITH
QULLIQ INSIDE OF A SMALL
IGLOO HAVING A SMALL
LITTLE COOKING POT HANGING
OVER A SMALL QULLIQ.
WHETHER I WAS COOKING
SOMETHING OR NOT,
I DON'T REMEMBER.
AND HAVING THE SEAL OIL
AND THEN BURNT WICK
IS VERY TASTY.
AND I USED TO JUST LOVE
IT; IT WAS A TREAT.

Edna says PETTER MAY HAVE
SEEN QULLIQS IN USE,
BUT I DON'T THINK
THEY WOULD HAVE USED IT.
AND BECAUSE HIS WIFE,
DORA, WAS GWICH'IN,
SHE WOULDN'T HAVE KNOWN
HOW TO USE A QULLIQ.

Fredrik says NO.

At Edna’s house, Fredrik says HE HASN'T
CONTACTED HIS BROTHERS
IN SWEDEN JOE AND
OSKAR AND ALFRED.
THEY DIDN'T THINK HE WAS
ALIVE BECAUSE THEY HADN'T
HEARD ANYTHING BUT THEY
SURPRISINGLY GOT A LETTER.
PETTER WROTE THAT HE
WAS ALIVE AND HE WAS
DOING WELL IN
THE ARCTIC.
HE WAS MAKING
A LOT OF MONEY.
AND HE HAD BUILT UP A
SUBSTANTIAL FORTUNE ACTUALLY.
FOR SEVERAL WINTERS HE HAD
STAYED UP IN THE ARCTIC
ARCHIPELAGO AND MADE
SOME GOOD CATCHES THERE.

A caption reads "In 1923, Petter is rehired as station manager by the Hudson’s Bay Company and would earn a reputation as the area’s boldest captain. To open a new HBC trading post on King William Island, he would attempt to cross the Queen Maude Gulf...the most dangerous stretch of the Northwest Passage. Of at least 40 well-equipped expeditions, only one had ever succeeded in this journey."

Fredrik shows Edna a picture on a book and says SO THAT'S HOW
SMALL THE SHIP WAS.

Edna says IT DOESN'T
LOOK THAT BIG.

Fredrik says IT'S
REALLY SMALL.
THEY SAID HE WAS AN
IDIOT FOR USING THAT SHIP,
BECAUSE IT'S NOT
USED FOR THAT AT ALL.
IT DIDN'T EVEN HAVE AN ENGINE,
BUT HE DIDN'T WANT ANY
EXTRA CARGO SO HE
TOWED IT BEHIND HIM.

Edna says SO IT WAS
ALL BY SAILS.

Fredrik says ALL BY SAILS.
DIDN'T EVEN HAVE MODERN
NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT
SO THEY NAVIGATED
BY STARS.

Lennart says "Polar explorer Knud Rasmussen had set up camp on King William Island. He was running out of ammunition and his situation was close to disaster. Then an unlikely sight appeared. The Inuit’s screamed and pointed toward the sea. A sailboat was approaching a sight never before seen there. It was Petter and his boat, El Sueno! It turned out he had all the supplies they needed even the correct caliber ammunition. Knud and Petter were both adventurers, so they became friends and spent some time together on King William Island."

Fredrik says KNUD RASMUSSEN
ACTUALLY FOUND OUT
FROM PETTER WHERE SOME
OF THE REMAINS FROM
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION
HAD BEEN FOUND.
BECAUSE THE INUIT OR THE
ESKIMO PEOPLE HAD TOLD PETTER
THERE ARE SOME
REMAINS OVER THERE.
SO THEY HAD BUILT A
CAIRN TO MARK THE SPOT.

Lennart says "Knud raised the English and Danish flags, and allowed himself to be photographed. And took all the credit for the finding."

Fredrik says SO HE WASN'T THE
PERSON WHO FOUND THOSE
REMAINS BUT HE CLAIMED
THAT HE WAS THE ONE
THE FIRST ONE TO
FIND IT.
IT WAS ACTUALLY PETTER
ALONG WITH THE NATIVE
PEOPLE WHO DISCOVERED
IT TOGETHER.

Lennart says "In 1925 Petter left the Hudson’s Bay Company to start his own business as Trader Norberg."

A caption reads "After 10 years Petter travelled to Hay River, to take his children from residential school...and attempt a family life."

Fredrik says AGNES WAS NOW 15
YEARS OLD, JOHN WAS 13
YEARS OLD AND CAROLINE
WAS 11 YEARS OLD.
THEY, OF COURSE, DIDN'T
REALLY MISS THEIR FATHER
BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T
KNOW THEIR FATHER.

Edna says THEY DIDN'T KNOW
HIM TO BEGIN WITH.

Fredrik says NO, EXACTLY.

Lennart says "Agnes was a chip off the old block, as Petter would tell. She accompanied him hunting and helped set the traps. But John wasn’t interested."

Edna says IT'S INTERESTING,
BECAUSE JOHNNY BECAME
A VERY GOOD HUNTER
AND TRAPPER.
AND HE REALLY CARED
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

Fredrik says AGNES NORBERG
MARRIED A YOUNG,
SUCCESSFUL TRAPPER
NAMED SLIM SUMMER.

Edna says THEY HAD A POST
NORTH OF HERE ABOUT
60 MILES
AND THEIR OLD HOUSE IS
STILL STANDING.

Fredrik says PETER LATER FOUND
OUT THE TRAGIC STORY
ABOUT HIS EX-WIFE.

Lennart says "One could read about the incident in a Stockholm’s Daily article from 1931. She was sent out to fetch a dead animal and took her nieces along on a sled. They were caught in a snowstorm. And to protect the children, she removed her coat to cover them up."

[wind howling]
[wind howling]

Fredrik says AFTER 24 HOURS
WHEN THEY NOTICED
THAT SHE DIDN'T COME BACK,
THEY SENT OUT A SEARCH PARTY
FOR HER AND THE CHILDREN.
AND THE CHILDREN
WERE FOUND ALIVE,
BUT PETTER'S WIFE
HAD FROZEN TO DEATH.
[mournful music]

A dramatization shows Petter’s wife’s soul abandoning her body.

Fredrik says THE HARD LIFE AND THE
COLD WINTERS TOOK A TOLL
ON PETTER'S HEALTH.
ALL THIS IS CONFIRMED IN
PETTER'S LAST LETTER;
IT'S SENT FROM
COPPER MINE RIVER
THE 4TH OF
FEBRUARY 1932.
THAT HE DIDN'T IMPROVE -
THE HEALTH DIDN'T IMPROVE -
"MAYBE BECAUSE I'M 55
YEARS OLD," SAYS PETTER.
HE ONLY GOT 120
FOXES THIS YEAR.
AND HE GOT 200 WHEN
HE WAS HEALTHY.

Lennart says "One autumn day in 1934, a letter arrived for Petter’s brother Johan. It was from a friend of Petter in Canada, who wrote...that Petter had died. According to these letters, he had a cabin up the river. He had previously travelled down the river in a canoe and flipped his canoe and survived. But suddenly when he was going to pick up his mail he disappeared. And later his canoe was found that’s all we know."

Fredrik says WILL WE GO
CLOSE TO THE FALLS?
BECAUSE IT WAS AROUND THE
BLOODY FALLS WHERE PETTER
DISAPPEARED AND PROBABLY
DROWNED IN HIS CANOE.
SO IT WOULD BE COOL
TO RETRACE THE STEPS.

Shawn says I WILL DEFINITELY
TAKE YOU TO THE FALLS
AND LET YOU SEE
THAT SITE THERE.

They get on the skiddos and drive across the frozen water.

Edna says RIGHT NOW
WE'RE TRAVELLING
ON THE COPPER
MINE RIVER.
AND WE CAN ONLY GO SO
FAR ON THE RIVER ICE,
THEN WE HAVE TO
GET ON THE LAND,
BECAUSE CLOSE TO THE
FALLS IT'S UNSAFE ICE.

A guide says YOU NEVER KNOW
HOW THICK THE ICE IS.

Fredrik says WELL, WE'LL
FOLLOW THE GUIDE,
I GUESS.

Lars says OUR LIVES
ARE IN YOUR HANDS.

The guide says YEAH.
[snowmobiles buzzing]

Edna says YOU SEE THAT DARK
CLIFF FACE OVER THERE?

Lars says YA.

Edna says THAT'S THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE RIVER
AND THAT'S WHERE THE
RAPIDS ARE COMING OUT
THROUGH THAT GORGE.
SO IMAGINE PETTER SOMEHOW
TRYING TO COME DOWN
THE RAPIDS INSTEAD OF
PORTAGING AND THE WATERS
THERE ARE JUST LIKE
BOILING, BUBBLING.
REALLY FAST WATERS.
[water rushing]

Edna says HE MUST HAVE BEEN
LIKE A PIECE OF PAPER
ON THE WATER.

Edna says "Sometimes I think of Petter and how he must have suffered when he was drowning. Sometimes I think of my grandfather Johnny ...all alone searching when his father didn’t return. He’s never been found to date. It’s tough."

Edna says I'M SO GLAD YOU WERE
ABLE TO SEE IT.
AT LEAST GET HERE
ON THIS JOURNEY.

Lars says WE ARE VERY
GLAD TO BE HERE.

Edna says HIS SPIRIT
HAS TO BE HERE.

[singing echoes]

At home, Edna says THE CANADIAN FAMILY WOULD
LIKE TO GET SOME INSIGHT
FROM YOU ABOUT PETTER
AND THE TYPE OF MAN
THAT HE WAS, OR
HIS UPBRINGING.
THEY THINK THAT PETTER WAS
NOT AN HONOURABLE MAN.
HE JUST ABANDONED HIS
WIFE, DORA, TOOK JOHNNY
AND AGNES AND
MOVED WEST.
TOTALLY LEAVING
HER WITH NOTHING.

Fredrik says WELL, PETTER'S
UPBRINGING WAS KIND OF HARD.
WHEN HIS DAD GOT
MURDERED IN HARNOSAND,
WHAT HAPPENS THEN
IS THAT THE FAMILY
DOESN'T HAVE ANY MEANS OF
SUPPORTING THEMSELVES.
SO WHAT THEY DID BACK
THEN IS THE GOVERNMENT
MORE OR LESS AUCTIONS OUT
THE FAMILY, YOU COULD SAY.

Edna says REALLY?

Fredrik says YEAH, THEY GOT
SOLD TO - I THINK IT WAS
AN INDUSTRIAL LIKE -

Edna says SO PETTER
WAS SOLD?

Fredrik says YEAH.

Lars says AND PETTER WAS ONLY
12 YEARS OLD AT THAT TIME.

Edna says WAS THAT COMMON
PRACTICE IN SWEDEN
AT THE TIME?

Lars says YES, THAT IS
COMMON PRACTICE, YEAH.

Edna says IT'S LIKE
SLAVERY.

Fredrik says THAT IS
LIKE SLAVERY.

Edna balls up and says I GOTTA CRY.
YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN SO
MUCH GAPS IN HISTORY
THAT WE KNOW AND TRYING
TO PIECE IT ALL TOGETHER.
AND WHAT WE'RE HEARING
FROM YOU IS SO IMPORTANT
TO OUR CANADIAN FAMILY.
WE DIDN'T REALIZE
THAT PETTER CAME
FROM SUCH A HARSH
BACKGROUND.

Fredrik says YEAH, IT
WAS HARSH.

Edna says THANK YOU FOR
TELLING ME THAT.
NOW I FEEL LIKE
I'VE GOTTA HUG YOU.

She hugs Fredrik.

Fredrik and Lars walk out of Edna’s house.

Fredrik says "It was exciting to have walked in Petter’s footsteps. I met so many nice people and received an enormous amount of knowledge about how Petter lived here. Soon it’s time to go to the airport and say goodbye to everyone. Which is very sad of course. It feels like we have become very close in such a short time. We have felt like one big family that has come together."

Shawn says I'D LIKE TO GIVE
YOU GUYS THIS FLAG
TO TAKE HOME.
THIS IS OUR
NUNAVUT FLAG.

The flag is half yellow half white and it features a red Inuit land market in the centre, and a blue star to the right.

Shawn says AND ONCE YOU GO HOME,
HANG IT ON YOUR WALL.
THE WHITE REPRESENTS
THE SNOW AND ICE.
THE YELLOW
REPRESENTS THE -

Edna says 24-HOUR
SUNLIGHT
IN THE SUMMER.

Fredrik says THANK YOU,
EDNA.

Edna says THANK YOU,
ILAANILU.

Fredrik says ILAANILU.
WE WANT TO INVITE YOU TO,
IF YOU WANT TO, COME TO
SWEDEN THIS SUMMER AND
DO THE MIDSUMMER
CELEBRATIONS IN
HARNOSAND.

Edna says YOU CAN COUNT
ON ME BEING THERE,
COUNT ON ME TO
BE THERE.
THANK YOU SO MUCH,
ILAANILU.
THERE ARE SO MANY GAPS
THAT WE CANADIAN NORBERGS
DON'T KNOW OF
PETTER NORBERG.

All the relatives go to the airport to see them off.

Edna says SO A BIT OF EXCHANGE
IS REAFFIRMING.

(music plays)
I'M REALLY EXCITED AND I
THINK A LOT OF MY FAMILY
ARE ENVIOUS THAT, YOU KNOW,
I'M GOING TO SWEDEN.
AND I'M REALLY LOOKING
FORWARD TO THAT.
IT WILL BE A REAL EXCHANGE
OF CULTURES FOR ME.
'CAUSE ONCE WE KNEW WE
HAD RELATIVES THERE,
YOU KNOW, I ADDED IT TO
MY BUCKET LIST.

The plane takes off.

(music plays)

A caption reads "Harnosand, Sweden."

Lars and Lennart go fetch Edna at the airport.

Lars says EDNA.
WELCOME TO SWEDEN.
WELCOME, WELCOME.

Edna says THANK YOU.

Lars says NICE TO SEE YOU.

Edna says AND YOU ARE?

Lennart says LENNART.

Edna says OH, OKAY!

Lennart says THE BOOK
WRITER.

Edna says NICE TO
MEET YOU.
WHAT A [bleep]
[laughing]

Lars says HARD TRIP.

In the car, the driver says I'M ACTUALLY
ONE OF YOUR RELATIVES.

Edna says REALLY?!

Marcus says YEAH.
MY NAME IS
MARCUS NORBERG.

Edna says PARDON ME?

Marcus says MY NAME
IS MARCUS NORBERG.

Marcus is in his forties, with very short light brown hair and a beard. He wears a pale blue shirt.

Edna says OH, NICE TO
MEET YOU.

Marcus says NICE TO
MEET YOU.

At an outdoor location, people decorate a maypole with greenery.

Edna says MAKING
UP THE MAYPOLE.
OH, THERE'S WIRE.

They put up the maypole and start clapping and cheering.

[clapping]
[cheering]

Lisa says HI; LISA.

Lisa is in her thirties, with long red hair and wears a print top and a print skirt.

Edna says HI, LISA.

Kristine says AND KRISTINE.

Kristine is in her fifties, with short brown hair and wears jeans, an aqua top, a white cardigan sweater and sunglasses.

Lisa says WE ARE
RELATED TO YOU ALSO.

Edna says OH!
THE CONNECTION OVER
THE OCEANS.

Lisa says YEAH

Edna goes in a restaurant patio and says OH... HI!

Everyone: HI!

Edna says I THOUGHT, GEEZ, IT'S
AWFULLY EMPTY IN HERE,
BUT THERE'S A
CROWD OVER THERE.

Lennart says YES.
IT'S YOUR RELATIVES.
AT LEAST, SOME OF THEM.

Edna says HI I'M EDNA.

A relative says HI, EDNA.

Edna says HI, NICE
TO MEET YOU.

A man says NICE TO
MEET YOU.
MY NAME IS THORST.
MY GRANDFATHER WAS
BROTHER TO PETTER.

Throst is in his late forties, with short gray hair and wears sunglasses, white trousers, a red polo shirt and a nautical blue jacket.

Edna says VERY NICE
TO MEET YOU ALL.
MAYBE WE COULD STAND
UP AND HOLD HANDS.

Edna says "Our father who art in Heaven I want to thank my relations here to whom I arrived safely I met them and I know who they are. My great grandfather, Petter was from here these are his relatives that I’ve met I thank you with respect to your name Amen."

Edna says AND QUANA MEANS THANK
YOU, SO IT'S QUANA.

All the relatives say QUANA.
[chattering]

Edna says I NEED SOMEONE TO
WRITE DOWN WHO IS WHO.

Lars shows a tattoo on his arm.

Edna says IT'S A INUKSUK.

A friend says IS THIS YOUR
FIRST TATTOO?

Lars says YES.
[laughter]

Edna says ONE OF A KIND.

[bells ringing]

Edna and Lars walk in a cemetery.

Edna says I STAND BESIDE THE
CHURCH WHERE PETTER'S
PARENTS WERE WEDDED.
IT'S KIND OF HARD FOR ME
TO IMAGINE THAT BUILDINGS
WOULD HAVE BEEN
CONSTRUCTED ALREADY
OF THIS SIZE AT
THAT TIME.
AND HOW SOME OF THE WORLD
ALREADY WAS DEVELOPED,
FOR IN THE INUIT WORLD WAS
STILL SO VERY NOMADIC
AND SO FEW PEOPLE STILL
TRAVELLING, TRAVELLING,
TRAVELLING, NEVER
IN ONE SPOT.
[bells ringing]

Lars says THIS IS THE
HOUSES WHERE PETTER
WAS AUCTIONED OUT TO A
DISTRIBUTION FIRM.

(music plays)

Edna says INUIT HAVE SAID
THAT IF A PERSON
DOESN'T WANT TO BE FOUND,
HE WON'T BE FOUND.
WE HAVE TO
RESPECT THAT.
PERHAPS IT WAS
PETTER'S WISH.

(woman singing)

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Written and directed by Eva Wunderman.

Produced by Eva Wunderman and Kimberly Wakefield.

A Wunderman Film.

Copyright 2017, Bloodline Productions Inc.

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