mayor of Cape Dorset, complained in CBC interview about
an unexpected visit by a cruise ship that saw hundreds
of tourists take his community by surprise. Oshuittuq
Quvianatuliak, an employee of West Baffin Eskimo
Co-operative Limited in Cape Dorset, said that it
"looked like they came from nowhere," and said that his
store would have prepared displays for the tourists if
they knew they were coming.
result, only a few people bought carvings while they
were in town, and not one local resident got a day's
works guiding tourists, or staging any kind of cultural
story that Nunavut Tourism has heard before. “We have no
more control over cruise ship visitors than any visitors
that come here.” Maureen Bundgaard, Nunavut Tourism's
executive director said.
Residents of Hall Beach expected to get their first
cruise ship visit this summer, but Martha Gibbons, the
CEDO for Hall Beach, says "the residents here weren't
quite ready yet so we moved it to next summer."
Beach, a group was established last year to investigate
ways the community could benefit from tourism. But the
ship was cancelled until someone could be trained to
serve as a tour guide for visitors.
communities have managed to build a well-coordinated
industry. Pond Inlet has years of experience with the
industry and expects eight ships to stop in this summer
to see the sights and enjoy the community programs on
conditions recently forced Canadian Tours International
to cancel a visit to Arctic Bay this summer. In general,
more and more northern boat travel is expected as the warming of the planet continues. Recent studies have
shown global warming is happening fastest near the polar
Rasmussen was a Dane, born in Greenland, who led an
expedition through Canada’s eastern Arctic from 1921 to
1924, collecting songs, stories and artifacts from the
people he met.
Igloolik Isuma Productions’ will do a feature film,
which documents the life and times of many members of
that famous expedition. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
will not be a traditional feature film nor a
resulting film will be a re-enactment of sorts, in
English, Inuktitut and Danish, loosely based on the
travels of Rasmussen.The goal is not to document
Rasmussen’s exploration, but rather to film the
particular time that brought the people of Igloolik into
contact with the explorers.
main characters are Peter Freuchen and Therkel
Mathiassen, two members of the expedition who explored
the northern part of Baffin Island, including the
Igloolik area, during the epic trip, accompanied by
Nasaitdlorssuarssuk of Greenland and Mala of the Baffin
Photography was rare in 1905 but that didn’t stop
explorers from wanting to bring documents of their
voyages home. An accepted method at the time was to
cover people’s faces in plaster, in order to capture a
mold that could then be used to create a bust, or cast
of the face. The film will also document the arrival of
Christianity. The first bible came to Igloolik from Pond
Inlet in 1921, and was noted by Rasmussen during a visit
to Aua’s camp.
production team in Igloolik are now in the process of
translating the script into Inuktitut. By January, a
cast of 30 to 35 people, including 6 or 7 main
characters, will be assembled, including some
Greenlanders. Next, costumes and props will be made or
found, and shooting for the Nunavut-Canada-Denmark
production will begin in March.