Searching for the Finmen

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By Norman Rogers, A new 2024 Paperback reprint originally published in 2012.

In the early 1700s an Inuk paddling a traditional Greenland kayak landed on a beach near Aberdeen, alone and exhausted, and died three days later. His kayak and hunting gear can still be seen today in the local Anthropological Museum. It is difficult to comprehend how a man could have made the journey from Greenland to the north-east coast of Scotland in a tiny boat made from skin, bone and driftwood and the event has remained an enigma.

 When his passion for paddling small boats was interrupted by an unexplained illness, Norman Rogers set out to investigate the mystery. Searching for the Finmen describes his research into the history and culture of the Inuit, with particular reference to their mastery of the sea by means of the kayak, and his attempts to understand and resolve his medical condition and to resume kayaking. The book also identifies outside influences which were key factors in explaining how a group of Inuit hunters from what was effectively a stone-age culture crossed the North Atlantic only two centuries after Columbus