Greenland Research: Rasmussen's Circumpolar Research

May 20, 2005 – December 14, 2006

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Ground Floor, Constitution Ave. Lobby, West Side Floor Plan

On view in this case are objects from the museum's collection dealing with the fifth expedition Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933) took from Thule, in northern Greenland, to Alaska (1921-1924). During these expeditions, he found that all the peoples along the North Atlantic Arctic spoke the same language, indicating a very rapid migration. Objects include snow goggles, handmade dolls by indigenous peoples, and miniature models of wooden sleds.