Wednesday, October 26, 2016

by Fredrik Nielsen

Translated by Torben Hutchings

$19.95 paperback
128 pages, 4.25 x 7.5"
ISBN 978-0-9961938-3-2

Famine moves a Greenlandic family into a new settlement in the 1850s where the joys and tragedies of pre-Christian times are depicted.

Tuumarsi is a realistic depiction of the struggle for survival. The psyche and humor of the people is seen from Nielsen’s own experiences among them. A famine causes a family to pick up and relocate to fairer hunting grounds. The struggle among the settlement members to make their lives better illustrates what was to become Greenland’s desire for sovereignty from Denmark. 

Funded in part by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Tales of Greenland's Seal Hunters

Collected by Signe Rink
Translated by Torben Hutchings

$19.95, paperback
128 pages, 4.25 x 7.5"
ISBN 978-0-9961938-4-9

Transcribed directly from hunters, the stories described here relate adventures in the hazardous environment of Greenland in the mid-19th century.

Greenlanders gained reliable social entertainment from the oral retelling of their legends. With the only printed material available at the time being of Christian origin, interest grew for Greenlandic stories, leading to the formation of Atuagagdliutit– the first, and still published, periodical in the country. The stories collected in Kayakmen originally appeared there. This text represents  a first hand account of the civilization of Greenlanders depicting a true picture of their age. 

Funded in part by a grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.