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        The painting above the altar is a delight – Christ at Mount Dundas with Greenlandic children. He is wearing socks for warmth under his sandals; the children have traditional garments.

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            A common sight is sealskins stretched on a frame to dry.


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                A house on the edge of town.




                This house was was Knud Rasmussen’s and was moved from Dundas Village to become the museum here in Qaanaaq.

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                  In the museum:




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                    The failed Polaris expedition of 1871, led by Charles Francis Hall aiming to be the first to reach the North Pole, had wintered in northern Greenland. The cohesion of the team was split, and Hall’s authority challenged. He became ill and died, and when his remains (preserved by permafrost) were examined in recent times he was found to have died from arsenic poisoning. There is speculation that he may have been murdered by an expedition member.
                    Continuing for an attempt on the pole, the expedition had to turn back, but Polaris ran aground and was crushed by ice. Attempts to free her the following year by the remaining crew were again threatened by the ice, and the men were eventually rescued off Newfoundland after drifting on an ice flow for many months. Probably only the presence and hunting skills of some Inuit in the group had enabled them to survive.

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                      A portrait of Knud Rasmussen.

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                        Stunning photos Cecelia, and some really interesting history to go with them. And going back to post 166, i love the way the late sun is picking the colours out of the rock, absolutely stunning.
                        Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                          Absolutely spectacular photography! Almost to the point of awe-inspiring!
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                            Here they are dealing with the supplies that have arrived on the ship Sea Bird. It is the last opportunity –soon it will be winter and the sea ice will completely fill the fjord and beyond as those of you who have followed the recent BBC TV series “Arctic with Bruce Parry” will have seen in the programme about Greenland. This programme showed seal hunting on the sea ice in winter, travelling by dog sled.

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                              Some goods have been distributed to this kiosk.







                              There is a large supermarket in the town. Such contrasts continually amaze, in this place where the Greenlandic hunting way of life is seen at its most traditional.

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                                This man seems to have purchased a narwhal tusk. Such tusks were in former times supposed by Europeans to be from the legendary unicorn. Narwhal are hunted for food, and I believe in sustainable numbers, and with considerable cultural and social and significance in these communities. Inevitably there are those individuals and organisations internationally who condemn hunting and argue that the price ivory can fetch encourages trade and increases numbers killed.

                                The narwhal appears as the town’s symbol:

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