Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Den sista pälsjägaren - The last trapper

Because of some of my pictures concerning the moosehide of the animal I witnessed being shot and its preparation, I got the remark that I reminded someone of a man, called Waldemar Bergstrand, the last trapper.
So I googled this name and came across a video I actually enjoyed. Language is Swedish, but the images are speaking for themselves... Other than that the information is quite limited. Sounds lie an interesting man though. I'll see if I can dig up some more on him...

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Waldemar Bergstrand under en filminspelning i Oviksfjällen, 1982 "Den siste pälsjägaren". Han gjorde förutom några TV-inspelningar ett antal videos inom jaktens område. Trappern Waldemar Bergstrand från Berge, född i Hotagen 1901, död 1988. Han blev legendarisk för sina kunskaper inom jaktens område. Under åren 1929-1935 var han en av Hudson Bay Companys främsta pälsjägare i Canada. På bilden är han 82 år gammal och fortfarande mycket aktiv med bl a en rad filminspelningar på gång. Uppgifter: Franz Bergstrand, Stugun, 1991.  Bild nr: 91X55:3

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Waldemar Bergstrand during the filming in Oviksfjällen, 1982 "The Last fur hunter." Apart from some tv recording he made a number of videos in the hunting area. Trapper Waldemar Bergstrand from Berge, born in Hotagen 1901, died in 1988. He became legendary for his skills in the hunting area. In the years 1929-1935 he was one of the Hudson Bay Company's primary fur trappers in Canada. In the picture, he is 82 years old and still very active with among others a series of filming going on. Details: Franz Bergstrand, Stugun, 1991

1 comment:

  1. A couple of interesting films set in Canada, in the Yukon, about an actual incident (the Mad Trapper of Rat River) were "Death Hunt," and "Challenge to be Free." The first one starred Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson. They are very good in that they show very interesting scenes in the far north and people on the trail. Unfortunately, neither movie accurately represented the actual events of the story, which took place during the winter of 1929-1930, if I remember correctly. As usual, Hollywood makes the bad guy out to be a good guy and so on but some of the important details were included more or less correctly. But unlike in either movie, the bad guy didn't get away. In "Challenge to be free," some of the characters were played by actual Yukon trappers.