The People of the Polar North by Knud Rasmussen

The People of the Polar North is a work by the Danish adventurer Knud Rasmussen. He was born 7 June 1879 in Ilulissat in Greenland and explored huge parts of the Arctic by dog sledge. Rasmussen is most known for his Thule-expeditions, the most important was the fifth Thule expedition 1921-1924 with the goal to explore the origin of the Inuit people.

The expedition took 16 months and led him to so far unknown regions and tribes in northern Canada. From the foreword:

“When I was a child I often used to hear an old Greenlandic woman tell how, far away North, at the end of the world, there lived a people who dress in bearskin and ate raw flesh.”

Knud Rasmussen was a close friend of Peter Freuchen and Roald Amundsen.

Download The People of the Polar North here (608 pages/14.5MB):

The People of the Polar North




1 thought on “The People of the Polar North by Knud Rasmussen”

  1. Did you know that he was called the “father of Eskimology” and was the first European to cross the Northwest Passage via dog sled?


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