The Diary of Johannes Hansen
Expedition to Eastern Greenland: 1884-1885
Translated by L.S. Johanson
160 pages, 4.25 x 7.5"
Paper, $19.95 ISBN 978-0-9829155-9-2
The catechist Johannes Hansen, called Hanserak, a Greenlandic missionary, was part of
Captain Gustav Holm’s well-known umiaq expedition to the east coast of Greenland
(1884–1885) which passed the winter in Angmagssalik and discovered 11 Inuit communities.
His diary is a series of extremely interesting sketches of the remarkable customs and practices of
the native people, and was reported in the pages of Atuagagdliutit, the first Greenlandic newspaper.
This work examines the people of eastern Greenland at the later stages of the 19th century in
diaristic form, but with the compassion and empathy of a native. Material of this kind is very
rare and significant for understanding the longer, mostly unknown, evolution of
Greenlandic culture in the midst of Danish colonization.
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