Wasa Wasa: A Tale of Trails and Treasure in the Far North by Harry Macfie and Hans G. Westerlund

By April 8, 2018Mat Hay


It’s a rare occasion for me to finish reading a whole book, but while preparing for this residency I was engrossed in the true story about two men, of Scottish decent, who left Europe to participate in the gold rush that swept across Canada and Alaska around the turn of the twentieth century.

The book describes the search for adventure and wealth, while surviving in some of the most dangerous, but ultimately most beautiful environments imaginable. There are also some great descriptions of relationships they formed with First Nations and Inuit people.

Here is a gallery of images that may possibly have been taken by the book’s main author, Harry Macfie. It’s a fantastic portrait of life around that time, and it compliments the book well.