Hunter’s Song

Kittinguharmiut Song

As I recall once more
The time I drifted out
On an off-shore wind
And believed I was in danger,

I recall again my fears,
Those small ones I thought so big,
For all the things I hadn’t yet
Accomplished in my life.

Yet there is only one big thing
That truly matters:  to live
To see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.

A Traditional Kittinguharmiut Song (as adapted by Gerard Cox)


  1. Gerry said: "Another piece I like very much follows. It's my reworking of a literal translation; unfortunately, I've lost its source. I came across it when I was doing research on hunting practices in the Polar region."

  2. A more lengthy version can be found in Nick Jans excellent book The Last Light Breaking. "Song from the Kitlinguharmiut (Copper Eskimo), The Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition 1921-1924".

  3. Anonymous is correct, and Nick Jans cites Knud Rasmussen's Report of the Fifth Thuyle Expedition 1921-24" as the source. The song can be found in Rasmussen's "The Intellectual Culture of the Copper Eskimos," IX, 53.

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