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 Connecting Inuit with lost history of Knud Rasmussen expedition

By Elyse Skura, Jennifer Geens, CBC NewsPosted: Apr 23, 2016

22 Drum Dance_thumbThe online Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas is a new interactive online map is connecting Inuit with a lost part of their history captured by a Danish anthropological expedition led by the Inuktitut speaking anthropologist Knud Rasmussen Between 1921 and 1924. Rasmussen, who was part Inuk and spoke Inuktitut, was the first European to travel the Northwest Passage by dog team. The Fifth Thule Expedition collected vast amounts of Inuit knowledge in the form of oral traditions, traditional place names, linguistic information, Inuit drawn maps, photographs, and ethnographic objects. A select amount of this information was published in a series of scientific reports. A network of Danish institutions, including the National Museum of Denmark, currently cares for the ethnographic objects, field notes and associated records from the expedition.

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