Page 26. " delayed death during the last weeks of Brezhnev's life "

Leonid Brezhnev
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLeonid Brezhnev - Credit: Marenko_ale, Wikipedia

  Leonid Brezhnev was First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982.  From his mid-70s he suffered from narcotic dependance and had problems with speaking. He survived a heart attack and a clinical death, and finally died from a second heart attack on 10 November 1982.

Page 28. " the polar Eskimo Aisivak told Knud Rasmussen the in the beginning the world was inhabited only by two men "
Photos of Inuits, exhibition in the museum in Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumPhotos of Inuits, exhibition in the museum in Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry

The ethnographical work of Knud Rasmussen, including legends about the beginnings of polar Eskimos, can be read here.

 

 

 

         

Page 29. " a mountain which is invaded by auks in the summertime "
Little Auks in East Greenland
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumLittle Auks in East Greenland - Credit: Jeroen Creuwels

  Auks are sea birds which live on the open sea and visit the land only in order to breed. They live in Europe and North America, including the Arctic areas.

Page 30. " when I think of her, she is the most beautiful woman I ever saw "

Young woman in traditional Greenlandic clothes, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumYoung woman in traditional Greenlandic clothes, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry
Greenlandic woman with a child, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumGreenlandic woman with a child, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry

Page 32. " a new technique for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia "

Those interested in this condition can start their research on it here.

Page 34. " walruses are unpredictable "

See also: Polar bear v. Walrus

Page 41. " he's fascinated with the model of an aurochs "

The aurochs, extinct since the 17th century, was an ancestor of the domestic cow.  It inhabited Europe, Asia and North Africa. Its extinction is thought to have been caused by hunting, climate change, diseases transmitted by domestic cattle, and the narrowing of its natural habitat.

 

Page 43. " a boat carved from a dense, rather speckle kind of wood "
Wooden frame of umiak, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumWooden frame of umiak, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry

An umiak is a type of boat used in the Arctic region. Unlike a kayak, which is supposed to be a "man's boat", umiak means "woman's boat". They have been made in the same way for centuries, except that metal bolts and screws are now used.

Page 48. " the man has his jeans stuffed into a pair of kamiks "

Kamiks, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumKamiks, exhibition in Greenland National Museum in Nuuk - Credit: Stephane Vitry

Page 50. " something as beautiful as Kremer playing the Brahms violin concerto "

             

Listen on Spotify:   Gidon Kremer – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 77: Allegro non troppo