Monthly Archives: June 2015

Our Greenland home

Doreen Gunkel

This week’s travel photos are going to give you a little taste of what our living arrangements were in Nuuk, Greenland .

We decided to stay in hostels during our trip to try to economize as they have kitchen facilities available as well as being, for the most part, less expensive than a hotel. During the trip we discovered an app that is very helpful in finding these hidden jewels. ( Air BnB )It was a good experience because we were able to find full hostels and also individuals that might just have a spare room or two to rent to visitors.

All of the hosts we stayed with were friendly and willing to help a traveler to the area get the most out of the journey by discussing customs, etiquette, and anything else we might want to know, like where are the grocery stores!

Now, when most of us in the US think of a hostel, we think of the youth hostels that have the dorm type accommodations.  What we discovered is for a few dollars more, we could have a private room.

This week I wish to show you what our hostel was like.

Common room. The house was not very big, but, it was cozy.

Common room. The house was not very big, but, it was cozy.

This was The TV.  Yes, there was TV.

Yes! There was TV!

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Weaving tool photos (Greenland)

Doreen Gunkel

These photos were taken at the National Museum of Greenland.

Most items excavated during the long history of archeological exploration on this island had been removed to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As the Island of Greenland has been culturally developing, compromises have been struck that have allowed many of the items taken to Copenhagen to be returned.

One of these developments is the National Museum of Greenland. It has a superb archive section as well as wonderful exhibit areas.

Danish Museum number 10580, commonly known as the Greenland Gown, was one of these returned items.

I will not be showing any photos of this item at this time, nor of the small bits of textile. As of yet, I have not finished my examination of them and they will be included in an upcoming piece of research.

In this batch of photos you will find many items that were included in Woven Into The Earth (WIE) by Else Ostergard. I will try to identify them and the page number as I present each photo.

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Needles of various sizes, needle/awl sharpeners, awls (or stilettos), and weaving pins. More information, WIE (Ostergard) Pg. 111-11

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Next Blog Post

Doreen Gunkel

Hi!

Just a quick note to let you all know that the next Blog Post will be out Friday and will contain pictures taken at the National Museum in Greenland.

There will be a bit of history as some of the artifacts that were excavated and removed to the National museum of Denmark have been repatriated. This allows an unprecedented opportunity for access and close pictures.

I am going to post these out in a two week series as there is a fair amount to take in.

 

So, that means I will see you Friday! June 26, 2015

Be well,

Doreen

Greenland Is spectacular!

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of the Greenland part of the trip.

Nuuk Greenland is the largest city in Greenland and the capital. The population is about 15,000. There are about 1 car per 4 persons. The locals think this is too many cars. They have a good bus system so many do not have reasons to have a car.

In Greenland the towns and villages are spread out and there are no roads between them. The transportation is based on dogsled, snowmobile, atv, and boat is you do not take a small airplane or helicopter.

Later in the week I will put out some of the museum pieces that I have. Unfortunately, the actual dress pictures will have to wait. I am going to publish them at a later date.

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This is part of the fjord that Nuuk sets in. It is way back off of the north see so it is protected.

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The beginning of the journey

Doreen Gunkel

Here is the story of the first 24 hours of the Journey…

Mini-me, packed for the journey to Iceland

Packed for Iceland

Mini Me had arguably the worst seat for the eight hourish plane ride on Icelandair with about a three hour airport wait prior to the departure. Her seat was only slightly more cramped than ours as we rode cattle car, middle and window seat. No way to stretch…

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Back from the North Atlantic.

Greenland Gown Project

Hi!

I have made the journey to the far reaches of the North Atlantic and have arrived home safe and sound!

Much time was spent in museums and native food places. We tried anything we could find that was local cuisine. If anyone is interested in what we ate, please contact me at the below included address.
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