Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

Arctic Shadows: The Arctic Journeys of Dr. R. M. Anderson

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Dr. Rudolph Martin Anderson spent seven winters and ten summers north of the Arctic circle in his
career as an Arctic scientist. This documentary salutes his contributions to conservation, Arctic science and cultural knowledge from three different expeditions. His first expedition lasted from 1908 to 1912 and took him to the Western Arctic as a zoologist, accompanying Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson-sometimes with him and sometimes on his own, for as long as eight months. A year later, Dr. Anderson sailed again as Head of the scientific party for the Canadian Arctic Expedition from 1913 to 1916. In 1928, he sailed again, this time as the Canadian Eastern Arctic Patrol Official Naturalist. From these expeditions, Dr. Anderson collected an amazing number of specimens and artifacts as well as documenting the expeditions with thousands of photographs. Archival film footage, photographs and sound recordings are combined with stunning contemporary footage of wildlife in this film that pays tribute to the work of a great mammologist who has largely gone unrecognized since his death in 1961.

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