Radio Documentary: Inuit Voices, Victorian Spectacle, and the Diary of Abraham Ulrikab (circa 1880)

Battery Radio – web site of Chris Brookes, radio producer of Abraham’s Diary (in two parts).  The late 19th century saw the rise of scientific racism in Europe, and those who flocked to the zoo exhibit expected to gape at “exotics” from some “primitive race”. What they found instead were Labradorimiut who spoke 3 languages, played German hymn tunes on violin, and who were keeping their own ethnographic notes on the “uncivilised” Europeans. Tragically, both families died of smallpox, but not before Abraham Ulrikab wrote his impressions of the trip in a remarkable diary.

Based on the book: “The The Diary of Abraham Ulrikab: Text and Context,” edited and translated by Hartmut Lutz (University of Ottawa Press).  Parts 1 and 2 of the documentary first aired on the CBC radio program “Ideas” on Nov. 30 and Dec 01, 2009. You can listen to Parts 1 and 2 on-line (at Abraham’s Diary), or click on the tab below for Part 1.

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