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TAISSUMANI March 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

Taissumani, March 14

The Ten Horsepower Wizard

KENN HARPER

On the last day of October 1924 Knud Rasmussen, Qaavigarsuaq and Arnarulunnguaq left Nome, Alaska, by steamer on the last ship of the year, bound for Seattle.

Their epic journey by sled was at an end. A long trip home via New York remained.

That morning, before he boarded the ship, Rasmussen had...

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TAISSUMANI March 07, 2014 - 10:39 am

Taissumani, March 7

The Fifth Thule Expedition — The Great Sled Journey

KENN HARPER

In early 1922, Peter Freuchen and Therkel Mathiassen each explored north from Igloolik, including parts of Baffin Island. Mathiassen spent the summer excavating at Repulse Bay, then travelled with Jacob Olsen to Southampton Island, where they became stranded until February of the following...

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TAISSUMANI February 28, 2014 - 9:36 am

Taissumani, Feb. 28

The Fifth Thule Expedition – The Caribou Inuit

KENN HARPER

Inuit love to name strangers in their midst, and by very early in the Fifth Thule Expedition, all the Danes had acquired Inuktitut names. Knud Rasmussen, known in West Greenland as Kununnguaq and in the Thule District as Kunupaluk, became known to Canadian Inuit as Kunu or Kunut.

Peter Freuchen,...

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TAISSUMANI February 21, 2014 - 9:50 am

Taissumani, Feb. 21

The Fifth Thule Expedition – Beginnings

KENN HARPER

The Fifth Thule Expedition was Knud Rasmussen’s crowning achievement. Born in Ilulissat in 1879, Rasmussen grew up among Inuit and was part Greenlandic.

An expedition to northern Greenland in 1902 introduced him to the Inughuit, the Polar Eskimos, about whom he had heard tales since boyhood.

In...

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TAISSUMANI February 15, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Taissumani, Feb. 14

Kununnguaq — Knud Rasmussen

KENN HARPER

In this column, I have often quoted, sometimes extensively, from the writings of Knud Rasmussen, to whom we are indebted for voluminous writings on the culture of Inuit in both Greenland and Canada, and to a lesser extent Alaska, almost a century ago.
Some readers may not know who this man was, and...

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