A Life Jacket Story
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Knud Rasmussen's chosen mode of transport was not only a means to get from one place to another, but also to inscribe himself into the Arctic topography in a similar way to the people who lived there more permanently. During a couple of months in the summer, when the fast-ice has broken up, kayaks and dinghies serve as means of getting to areas where narwhal, sea-birds or musk ox live, but for most of the year, the dog sledge is sovereign. The apparent simplicity of the sledge relates to the construction out of the material at hand, and the conjoining of the appropriate pieces by straps made from the skin of bearded seal like the dogs' braces and the long dog-whip. The dog sledge is of use only if the human agent, the hunter is free to engage in a coupled flow of perception and action, demanding a high degree of concentration and flexibility of movement.