Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Palo's Wedding

This is a classic film by Knud Rasmussen, who was born in Iulissat, on the west coast of Greenland, on 7th June 1879.  He was the first European to dog sledge the whole length of the North West Passage, one of the numerous expeditions that he undertook between 1902 and 1933.  This week there is no swimming pool session for the Jersey Canoe Club so we have arranged a showing of this film, on Friday evening, which is essentially an Inuit love story.
Whilst making the film Rasmussen developed food poisoning, which developed into pneumonia and he sadly died on the 21st December 1933 at the age of 54.

 Two memorials to Knud Rasmussen.  One in front of his place of birth and the other looking north over the ice filled Disko Bay
 The house in Ilulissat where Knud Rasmussen was born in 1879.  His father was a Danish missionary living in the town.
An umiak in front of the museum.
 Kamp Absalonsen, he was the vice-president of Qaannat Kattuffiat and chief Greenland kayaking competition judge, sitting in the earth house at the museum at Ilulissat.  His love for all things Greenlandic is inspirational.
The DVD "Palo's Wedding" is a fitting memorial to one of the finest Arctic explorer's of all time.
Of the Inuit he said:
"Their culture is a witness in itself to the strength and endurance and wild beauty of human life."

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