Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Bygds, Umiaks, Kayaks And An Angakok
In Greenland, the Norse have three settlements:
the Eastern, the Ostri Bygd;
the Mid Bygd;
the Western (really northern), the Vestri Bygd.
"An umiak was traveling with land to starboard, at the center of a school of kayaks." (p. 156)
(My daughter has had some kayak lessons in the river Lune, after which Lancaster is named: "Lune Castle.")
"The umiak was a big canoe, leather across a framework of whalebone and driftwood, paddled by a score of women. As many kayaks accompanied it, each bearing its man." (p. 157)
These are Inuit. (p. 156) The singular is "...Inuk." (p. 158)
In the umiak:
"The hull was ladend and bloody with a catch of auks." (ibid.)
There is "'...an angakok...'" (ibid.), described as:
familiar of ghosts and demons
wreaker of harm on enemies -
- and a Norse woman who refers to Markland. (p. 16)
The angakok put a tupilak on one of the Norse settlements - and, since this evening has been spent watching Superman Returns (and see here), there has not been time for any more Poul Anderson research.
Addendum, 16 November 2017: see here.