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By the early 1890s the Eastmain-1 area was uninhabited, twenty percent of inlanders having perished between 1880 and 1892. A scarcity of country food and a decline in fur prices had wreaked great hardship. Entire families died.
Amongst the dead were David Mettaweskum, and Chief Jacob Mettaweskum and nine others in Jacob’s group. They had starved to death during the winter of 1889/90. Downriver from Eastmain-1, the Petawabino family had been wiped out the previous winter.
- Hattie Moses, recounting how the young Luke Mettaweskum had found the body of his father, David.
“As he got closer, he noticed something else in the snow. It was his father lying face down...”
“ The child had no sins and was taken by the Creator. The child was at peace. This is what we should think about. We should not keep our spirits in darkness.”
- Harry Moses