The Inuit Circumpolar Documentary

The Team

Hans Reidar Bjelke Hans Reidar Bjelke (1961) initiated the Nanoq Project with Polar Eskimoes. He used to live as a hunter in Siorapaluk, Greenland, together with his family. Before the years in Greenland, Hans lived several years as a hunter and trapper in the polar region, but his stay in Siorapaluk gave him a clear understanding as to the importance of culture and education to preserve and develop the holistic human beings. During these years, the Bjelke family and the polar eskimoes met indigenous people from Canada, who desired a closer contact with the Inuit in Thule. 
 Avigaq Kristiansen Avigaq Kristiansen (1989) is a direct defendant of the famous polar explorer Robert Peary. He was born in the county of Aversuaq, and he grew up in Siorapaluk. Avigaq has since he was a child wanted to be a hunter like his forefathers. 
 Naimangitsoq Kristiansen Naimangitsoq Kristiansen (1957) is a hunter and dog sledge driver from the Thule area. Avigaq is great-great Old son of the American polar explorer Robert Peary.
Nikolai Etynne (1963) is a dog sledge driver from the Chukotka in Russia. Now he live and work as a teacher in Anadyr in East- Russia.
 Torgeir Sæverud Higraff Torgeir Sæverud Higraff (f. 1972) has worked as a journalist, teacher and project leader. Among other projects, he led the Tangaroa, in the wake of Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) and Kon-Tiki. The Tangaroa expedition opened his eyes to what the ocean really is; a conveyor and not an isolator. Higraff is studying the ocean as a pathway of cultures in historic and prehistoric time, by using the methods from experimental archaeology. In Nanoq, Higraff wants to document the people who still know the traditional culture of how to make sledges, tools, clothes, and how to survive on long journeys on the ice.  

Knut Espen Solberg (1973) is a researcher and civil engineer. He has stayed several winters in the Canadian Arctic. Among his work is his narrative of sailing trips along the coast of Greenland and through the Northwest Passage, that focuses on the people, specifically the Inuit and Greenlanders “Their views and needs are most important, while the climate experts make their comments from the sidelines”, the book review says.

  Terje Planke (1965) is an ethnologist at the Norwegian Maritime Museum. He has a great experience working with Maritime Heritage. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in management at the Business College at the University of Utah, he undertook a cultural turn and started studying cultural history at the University of Oslo. After completing his MA in Ethnology, he got a scholarship to work on my PhD. He continued to study the building and use of traditional wooden boats from the west coast of Norway.  
 Aiplanguaq Simigaq Apilanguak Simigaq. Grandchild of the famous bear-hunter Kaugunak Kissuk, who, with his
wife, spent months at a time on hunting grounds north of Inglefiled Land.
Today counts among the most experiences hunters and bearers of tradions and
heritage in Qaanaaq/Siorapaluk.
 Otto Simigaq Otto Simigaq. Brother of Apilanguak. Also grandchild of the famous bear-hunter Kaugunak Kissuk. Today counts among the most experiences hunters and bearers of tradions and
heritage in Qaanaaq/Siorapaluk.
 Pauline Kristiansen Pauline Kristiansen (f. 1933) now resides in Qaanaaq, after many years
across Avanersuaq. She is the grandchild of the American polar scientist
Robert Peary. Growing up without a father can be hard, and requires
stamina and adaptability. She became a bearer of traditions both male and
 Tukumeq Peary Tukumeq Peary (b. 1960) currently lives in Qaanaaq. She is together with
Equlana and Louise one of the core bearers of traditions from the female
perspective. She is an excellent seamstress, hunter and dog handler.
 Eqilana Simigaq Eqilana Simigaq (b.1962) was born in the small village of Quqertat,
Avanersuaq. In addition to being an experienced seamstress, she is also
the minister of Avanersuaq and a hunter
 Qitdlutoq Duneq Qitdlutoq Duneq (b. 1963) lives in Qeqertat, a small settlement east of Qaanaaq. He joined the Nanoq in 2012 on the testing of sleds and equipment to Aunartoq (Inglefield Land). As an excellent hunter and dog sled driver, he is an important bearer of the material and immaterial polar heritage.

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