KABLOONAS

KABLOONAS
Burial of John Franklin. Author: me

KABLOONAS

Kabloonas is the way in which the Inuit who live in the north part of Canada call those who haven´t their same ascendency.

The first time i read this word was in the book "Fatal Passage" by Ken McGoogan, when, as the result of the conversations between John Rae and some inuit, and trying to find any evidence of the ill-fated Sir John Franklin Expedition, some of then mentioned that they watched how some kabloonas walked to die in the proximities of the river Great Fish.

I wish to publish this blog to order and share all those anecdotes that I´ve been finding in the arctic literature about arctic expeditions. My interest began more than 15 years ago reading a little book of my brother about north and south pole expeditions. I began reading almost all the bibliography about Antarctic expeditions and the superknown expeditions of Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, etc. After I was captured by the Nansen, Nobile and Engineer Andree. But the most disturbing thing in that little book, full of pictures, was the two pages dedicated to the last Franklin expedition of the S.XIX, on that moment I thought that given the time on which this and others expeditions happened, few or any additional information could be obtained about it. I couldn´t imagine that after those two pages It would be a huge iceberg full of stories, unresolved misteries, anecdotes, etc. I believe that this iceberg, on the contrary than others, would continue growing instead melting.



miércoles, 10 de febrero de 2021

POLAR MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES - SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING

History of film have been riddle with polar related movies almost since the very moment it was conceived.

Some years ago I started to compile all those polar related movies in a Xcel file which you can find below available to be downloaded. My intention was to bring them to light orderly decade by decade explaining my opinion about those which I had watched and trying to rescue some of the anecdotes related to them, some quite tragic, by the way. I even wrote a first post in an abandoned blog project where I started to talk about the polar movies released in the 1920s and which I will rescue now and will  translate into english for continuing with the rest.

As a sort of a preview of the posts which are to come, I will tell you that I was very pleased when found that in one of  the firsts films set in the polar regions "A la conquéte du Pôle" of 1912  by George Méliès, the director of the more known movie "Le Voyage dans le lune", the spanish participant in the race to reach the North pole, which is the theme of the film, is called with the appropiated name of "Cerveza" which means beer.

NOTE: Thanks to Kenn Harper, the renownedd Canadian historian specialised in Inuit history, culture and traditions, I have just added two new films to the list which now are in first position in the list, are they the first polar movies of the history? These are "The way of the Eskimo" and " Lost in the Arctic" both shot in 1911.


The film is available in Youtube here, it actually deserves to be watched:


The list of polar movies is not too long, I still have to update it though, so don´t become disappointed if you can´t find the very recent "Amundsen" or "Arctic" movies. The list will surely grow much more in the coming years since the poles and their exploration history looks to be fashionable again and besides, there must be much more polar movies out there which I have still to find. 

UPDATED LIST OF POLAR MOVIES

Enjoy them!: