The Ensign Snaps
Shoo-e-ging-wa, as she is called here, was a daughter of Piugaattoq–the Inuit who discerned the true nature of Crocker Land before MacMillan. After returning to land from their 125-mile trek on the Arctic Ocean, MacMillan dispatched Fitzhugh Green and Piugaattoq on an exploratory expedition west to Axel Heiberg Land. The pair quickly ran into trouble when a blizzard with gale-force winds engulfed them. Green soon lost his entire dog sled team in an avalanche and was forced to walk beside Piugaattoq’s sled on the journey back. Fearing that the Inuit was trying to escape him, the Navy ensign eventually snapped; he shot Piugaattoq in the shoulder and the head, killing him. When MacMillan learned the grim news, he orchestrated a cover-up, telling the Inuit at Etah that Piugaattoq had died in the avalanche.