I am preparing for my first trip to the Mushuau Innu community of Natuashish on the Labrador coast. As most of you remember, this community is closely related to the Naskapi in the interior; in fact they were once just one loosely-related collection of nomadic caribou-hunting families. Some of these families had been settled in around Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo) near Ungava Bay and the rest were settled around Utshimassits (Davis Inlet) on the Labrador coast, since the early 1900s.
The Fort Chimo group moved to the Schefferville region in 1956, and they are now the Naskapi of Kawawachikamach.
The Davis Inlet group relocated to Natuashish, a new community built on the mainland in 2002.
In the spring of 2008 we tried to take a trip to Natuashish, but we were hindered by foggy weather on the coast.
Bill will be leaving Friday, 26 March with his co-worker (and former Naskapi chief) Phil Einish. They will take with them Tshiueten Vachon, the new Naskapi language worker trainee.
For an interactive Google Map (zoom in and see the Natuashish village) try this link: <Trip to Natuashish>
This Friday we are scheduled to fly south to Wabush, in western Labrador.
Saturday we fly east to Goose Bay in central Labrador, where we will meet with the Natuashish chief and council (who are also traveling this week).
Monday we are scheduled to fly north to Natuashish on the coast, spending four days there before returning back the way we came on Friday, April 2.
Thanks for your prayers for good contacts, travels, and outcomes, and for Norma Jean as she holds down the fort back in Schefferville.
Serving with you, Bill and Norma Jean