Realizate in anii ’60, aceasta incredibila serie de documentare
reveal the live reality of traditional Eskimo life before the European acculturation. The Netsilik Eskimos of the Pelly Bay region in the Canadian Arctic had long lived apart from other people and had depended entirely on the land and their own ingenuity to sustain life through the rigors of the Arctic year.
Man: A Course of Study was a program with the ambitious goal of teaching American children what it was to be human. At the program’s core was a benchmark of visual anthropology, the Netsilik Eskimo series, capturing a year in the life of a small Inuit community on the cusp of contact. Man: A Course of Study created a clash of values that rippled throughout the schools of America, and revealed the fragile relationship between politics and educational reform.
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen is the sad story of the abandonment of shamanism for Christianity by the Inuit in 1922 in one community. It is partly based on the words of the last great Iglulik shaman, Avva, and his life story. The drama reveals the interesting cross-cultural experiences of the explorer as he tries to understand the Inuit people and their customs. Overall, they are a happy people who love music and dancing and laughter. The ones who turn to Christianity are less interested in these things; they are aiming for Heaven and trying to make sure they don’t wind up in Hell. This, unfortunately, results in a hatred of the world [sublinierea imi apartine].
Acest album, editat la studioul danez Sweet Silence din Copenhaga, a aparut in anul 1992, si este acompaniat de volumul lui Michael Hauser, Traditional Greenlandic Music [Acta ethnomusicologica Danica] ce contine textele cantecelor, comentarii istorice si tehnice detaliate, partituri, fotografii de arhiva etc.
Unfortunately, there are not many active singers in East and North Greenland. We may hope that the relatively small number of older, skilled drum – singers will pass on their knowledge to the young, so that inngerutit will exist in the future and be sung in the same way as they have been sung for generations.
Piesele pe care le-am ales (dintre cele 55 existente in album) sunt cele mai vechi inregistrari cunoscute de folclor iunuit. Ele au fost culese de catre William Thalbitzer intre anii 1906 – 1914.
[2012 edit: nici una din piese nu mai era available]