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Johnny Whitefish

Johnny Whitefish was Billy Magee's cousin. He lived near Mine Centre with Billy's older sister, Mrs. Notawey. Long after Billy Magee's death in 1938, Ober continued to maintain contact with Billy's family.

In 1948, Ober traveled to interview Johnny about Billy's memories of their 1912 canoe trip to Hudson Bay. The interview was conducted in Ojibwe and was tape-recorded. As Ober later recalled:

“And he came the next two days and told me everything he possibly could, all that he remembered that Billy had told him about our Hudson Bay trip. He told me things I had forgotten and didn't believe at first. It took me quite awhile before I was convinced that I had done what he said.”


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