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Screen shot from a brief video of the Fifth Thule Expedition
Courtesy: Danish Film Institute
Dogs of Knud Rasmussen’s
Second and Fifth Thule Expeditions
Research Librarian Lisbeth Richter Larsen at the Danish Film Institute has identified for The Fan Hitch archival gems from Knud Rasmussen’s arctic expeditions. The following two include scenes of Greenland Dogs. Readers who understand Danish will have an advantage with the text in these silent films, but the videos themselves, somewhere less than crystal clear in spots, taken nearly a century ago, are worth every second to see.
From the 2nd Thule Expedition (1917-1918):
This is a nearly nine-and-a-half minute clip filmed in 1918. There is an abundance of footage taken at sea aboard a large schooner. Also seen are Inuit in their kayaks, some practicing 360-degree rolls. At approximately minute 6:30 and continuing until the end at about 9:24, there are several scenes of dogs at work, being fed and at rest.From the 5th Thule Expedition (1921-1924):
This 1921 film is a little over seven minutes long all shot during the summer season. But at about minute 6:00 and going to minute 7:10 you will get to see fascinating scenes of dogs in fan hitch working on very challenging non-snow surfaces.