film Jarosław Dąbrowski
... From the Eskimos for the film selected twelve people. Among them - Nanook, a man known around the coast. I chose him for the lead role. With his approval I took three assistants, younger. It also means - and their wives and families, twenty-five dogs, sledges, kayaks and hunting equipment.The first episode of the film, which had to be removed, - hunting walrus. From Nanook I heard about the island walruses. The southern end of the coast is washed by the surf. - In the summer there, - said Nanook - many walruses, judging by the trail, which saw the Eskimos in the winter, the seal hunt.Summer nobody goes to this island - continued Nanook - not only because this island is not visible from the mainland, is surrounded by a solid surf kayaks and can only with the greatest risk to approach the shore. But I have already examined your whaleboat and make sure it is strong enough to with a calm sea to land on the island.- Let's say we go there - I said - you and your people have to hunt if I need it for the film. You will remember that I need a picture of how you hunt walruses, not their meat? - Yes, yes, Aggie in the first place - honestly, with a serious face he assured me.- No one will not move, no spear will not be thrown until you shalt deliver to sign. This - my word. We shook hands and decided to start with the next same day. We had to stand for three days at anchor off the shore until calmed the waves. The wind blew from the mainland. We ate our supplies - canned mutton.Has not yet arrived at noon, and in the gray glow on the west seemed walrus island. We started looking for a place to moor and disembark. Immediately after serving a small bay Nanook saw walruses and shouted: "Ivuik! Izuik! ". And indeed, on blestyaschechernoy, bathed surf rock was a huge herd of walruses lounging in hibernation.We walked to the wind, silently working the oars, and left the boat away from the shore where the water came up to my hips. Nanook went alone to the sleeping herd. He came back and said that he did not wake up walruses. Unfortunately for the shooting was too dark and we had to wait until morning.- No, - said Nanook in response to my concerns - if the wind is blowing in the same direction, walruses not uchuyut our smell. We did not dare to light a fire of selected floating logs and dinner bacon, sea biscuits and cold water. We were lucky - the wind changed.With a harpoon, carefully folded rope, movie camera and cassette boxes in their hands, we crawled to the walrus rookery. Herd dormant - twenty huge, hulking carcasses - guarded by two powerful males. They raised their heads from time to time over the grunting and snoring stage and slowly looked around again hibernate.Film Jaroslaw Dabrowski
. I carefully moved to the shelter of a large rock, but this time Nanook, securing the end of the rope to a rock, slowly crawled to the herd. Once Nanook rounded rock, he had to wait for a time when the watch walruses lowers his head, falling asleep. It seemed like hours.Finally Nanook crept very close to the stage. Guard sensed danger and stared at the man.