Tookoolito, also known as Hannah (born near Cumberland Sound, NWT in 1838; died at Groton, Conn in 1876), Inuk guide to explorer Charles Hall.
Tookoolito, also known as Hannah (born near Cumberland Sound, NWT in 1838; died at Groton, Conn in 1876). In 1851, Tookoolito (sister of Eenoolooapik) and her husband Ebierbing (also known as Joe, born near Cumberland Sound, NWT; died on Baffin Island, NWT fl 1851-79) were taken to England for two years by a whaling captain. There, they caused a sensation and were received by Queen Victoria. After their return to Baffin Island, they met explorer Charles Francis Hall, who was amazed to find Tookoolito, fluent in English, knitting woollen socks and drinking tea. Ebierbing enabled him to confirm the site of Sir Martin Frobisher's historic landfall in Frobisher Bay. They accompanied Hall back to the US and on his second expedition to Repulse Bay, searching for clues to the fate of Sir John Franklin and his lost expedition. In 1872 they joined Hall's attempt to reach the North Pole and that fall they and a group of seamen were marooned on an ice floe in Smith Sound. The castaways drifted 2,080 km south and, having survived the six-month ordeal thanks to the hunting skill of Ebierbing and another Inuk, were eventually rescued off Labrador by a sealer. After Tookoolito's death, Ebierbing accompanied the British Pandora expedition as Frederick Schwatka's interpreter on his 1878 expedition.