Russenorsk (eller “Moja på tvoja”) is an extinct dual-source pidgin language formerly used in the Arctic, which combined elements of Russian and Norwegian, and which was created by Russian traders and Norwegian fishermen from northern Norway and the Russian Kola peninsula. It was used extensively in Northern Norway for about 150 years in the Pomor trade. Russenorsk is important as a test case for theories concerning pidgin languages since it was used far away from most of the other documented pidgins of the world.
Russenorsk had a rudimentary grammar and a restricted vocabulary, mostly composed of words essential to Arctic fishing and trade and did not particularly deal with unrelated issues.
Corpora of Russenorsk consist of lists of individual words and phrases as well as records of dialogues compiled by linguists such as Just Knut Qvigstad. The corpora include c. 400 words, of which about half are hapax legomena.
The origin of its vocabulary is generally held to be approximately 40% Russian and 50% Norwegian, with the remaining 10% from Dutch, Low German, French, English, Sami, and Swedish.
Kak sprek? Moje niet forsto. - What are you talking about? I don’t understand.
Eta grot dyr. Værsegod, på minder prodaj! - It is very expensive. Please lower the price!
Kak pris? Mangeli kosta? - What is the price? How much?
Davai paa moia malenka tabaska presentom. - Give me some free cigarettes.
Moja tvoja på vater kasstom. - I will throw you into the water.
A Bureau of Land Management worker posted this video on their facebook page saying that they “captured this strange ‘thing’ swimming in the Chena River in Fairbanks”. The ‘creature’ in this video was soon named the Alaska Ice Monster and spread like wildfire. Theories started flying about what this was. An Alaskan Nessie? Some kind of arctic crocodile? A giant fish?
It boils down to something much simpler: frazil ice stuck to a rope that is attached to a nearby pier. Frazil ice is soft ice that cannot completely freeze due to turbulent water. While the ‘creature’ seems to be moving in the water, a rope is merely swaying in the current.
Ghost (I Don't Hear The Voices Anymore) [First Draft Home Demo]
“I don’t hear the voices anymore,
And I know just what it takes to make you sad.
If you knew me,
You’d know I don’t see the faces anymore
And I know just what it takes to make you mad.
If you loved me,
You wouldn’t leave.”
Regional Food-gathering Cabins Baffin Island region, Nunavut, Canada /// 2011-12
By architects Lola Shepard and Mason White at Lateral Office, Canada.
“Some of the greatest challenges facing northern communities are physical isolation, economic marginalization, youth disenfranchisement, and loss of traditional knowledge. The younger generations of Inuit find themselves caught between traditional and contemporary cultures.The traditional Inuit diet, which is centered on hunting and fishing, has been slowly compromised by an influx of southern manufactured food products, leading to increased obesity and diabetes levels.
The Arctic Food Network (AFN) addresses an urgent need for a snowmobile accessed regional network of arctic farms, freezers, and camp hubs. The AFN encircles the large body of the Foxe Basin in Nunavut, Canada, home to a richly diverse wildlife, along the coast of Baffin Island and some 30,000 Nunavummiut.
Ultimately, AFN seeks to enhance the production and exchange of local food, to create small-scale local economies.
Food highways and hubs provide social infrastructure – adapted to the unique geography and culture of the Arctic.”
The Viking (1931) An epic melodrama set amidst the Newfoundland seal cull
Directed by George Melford (of silent film fame) and introduced by Sir Wilfred Grenfell, this Newfoundland-American co-production is often considered “one of the most important Canadian films ever made” (National Archives of Canada). The Viking is an epic Hollywood-style drama that loosely adapts tragic events from the turn of the century, where hundreds of brave Newfoundland men lost their lives during their annual seal culls. It follows a conflict between two rural men out to sea and onto the ice floes where they settle their differences for good and all.
The dramatic elements are a little goofy at times, mainly due to the strange adaptation of the island’s language and accents, but there are some incredibly beautiful scenes set on the ice floes and sealing vessels. Not to mention the wonderful shots of a snow-covered Quidi Vidi. The film, which was originally named White Thunder, is widely known to be the first to make use of location sound recording (especially in Canada). Sadly, while filming additional scenes, producer Varick Frissell and two-dozen other crew members aboard the SS Viking were killed from an explosion.
This is the classic film in its entirety, finally available for public viewing online. We do not own this title in any way, we are simply making the only digitized copy available for cultural purposes.
Justin Oakey is a filmmaker and avid outdoorsman born and raised in Newfoundland whose work reflects his passion for the rich history and traditions of his island.