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Greenlandic Inuit Culture and History

As a complement to our Greenlandic language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Greenlandic Inuit peoples and their society.

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Please note that Greenlanders and other indigenous people are a living community with a present and a future as well as a past. Greenlandic history is interesting and important, but the Greenlandic people are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Greenlandic Websites

Kalaallisut Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Greenlandic language.
Inuit Legends:
    Collection of Inuit mythology and traditional stories from throughout North America.

Greenlandic Tribal and Community Sites

Inuit Circumpolar Council:
    Organization representing Inuit people in Greenland, Canada and Alaska.
Sermitsiaq AG:
    National newspaper of Greenland, with articles available in Greenlandic, Danish and English.
Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa:
    Greenlandic-language radio station and online podcasts.
Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu:
    Homepage of the Greenland National Museum.

Books for sale on the Greenlandic Inuit
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Local Knowledge: Living Resources and Natural Assets in Greenland
   & Interesting autobiography and history of Greenland by a Kalaaleq elder, in Inuit with English translation.
The Crooning Wind: Three Greenlandic Poets
     Excellent collection of poetry by Greenlandic authors, written in Kalaallisut and translated into English.
From the Writings of the Greenlanders
     Anthology of Greenlandic literature in English translation.
Give Me My Father's Body
     Interesting biography of a Greenland Native boy who was brought to New York in the 1800's.
The Native Greenlander: Folktales of Greenland
     Book of Greenland Inuit folklore.
A Journey to the Mother of the Sea * The Polar Bear Son:
     Children's book by Greenland Natives based on traditional Inuit myths.

Maps of Greenlandic Lands

Indigenous Names of Greenland:
    Map of Inuit villages and other locations in Greenland.
Eskimo Language Communities * Inuit Location Map:
    Online maps showing where the different Inuit communities of North America are located.

Greenlandic Lifestyle and Tradition

Greenlandic Culture:
    Ethnography of the Greenlandic Inuit including kinship, religion and daily life.
At the Edge of the Ice * Images of Inuit Traditions:
    Photos of the Greenlandic people and how they live today.
Greenland Traditional Dress * Greenlandic National Clothes:
    Pictures and descriptions of traditional Greenlandic clothing styles.
Igloos * Pre-Contact Housing: Igloos * How To Build An Igloo * Sod Houses:
    Information about traditional Greenlandic Inuit types of homes.
Greenland's Inuit Cuisine: * Kalaallit Kaagiat (Dessert Bread): * Suaasat (Seal Soup):
    Recipes and information about the indigenous food traditions of Greenland.
Greenlandic Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with many photographs of Greenlandic Inuit weapons, tools and other artifacts.
Erfalasorput, the Greenland Flag:
    Pictures and symbolism of the national flag of the Greenlandic people.
Language and Identity in Greenland * The Politics of Language in Greenland:
    Articles about the cultural importance of the Greenlandic language to the Inuit community.
How Qajaq Paddling Became Greenland’s Cultural Renewal: * Culture of the Kayak:
    Articles about traditional Greenlandic kayaks and paddles.
A Polar Year * Trailer: A Polar Year:
    Movie about a Danish teacher learning to speak Kalaallisut and adapt to traditional life in a rural Greenlandic town.
Top Dogs:
    Article on the living tradition of dog sled hunting among the Polar Inuit of Greenland.
Greenland Inuit in Winter:
    Photo gallery of Inuit life in Greenland.

Greenlandic History

Greenland: A Timeline:
    Detailed political history of Greenland, from Norse settlements through modern Greenlandic autonomy.
The Greenland Reconciliation Commission and the Damage of Colonization: * A Brief History of Colonial Greenland:
    Information about the hardships which were suffered by Greenlandic Inuit people during the age of colonization.
Prehistory of Greenland: * History of the Dorset and Thule:
    Ancient history of the Dorset and Thule cultures, ancestors of the Greenlandic Inuit.
Social Change in 20th-Century Greenland: * Greenlandic Inuit show genetic signatures of diet and climate adaptation:
    Anthropology papers about the Greenlandic people.

Greenlandic Politics, Issues, and News

High Ice and Hard Truth:
    Greenlandic Inuit reactions to climate change affecting their homeland.
Buying Greenland: * Not for sale:
    Native sentiment against the recent suggestion the US might buy Greenland from Denmark.
Greenland eyes independence from Denmark after election vote:
    Article about the political movement to declare Greenland an independent country.
The Arctic Suicides:
    Article exploring contemporary social problems among the Inuit population of Greenland.

Greenlandic Literature and Arts

The Poetry of Torkilk Mørch * Breaking the ice: Greenland’s new literary star:
    Last Night in Nuuk: * The Crooning Wind: * Earth Day poems: Aqqaluk Lynge:
    Greenlandic Inuit authors, their lives and work.
East Greenland Drum Dancing:
    Video of a Greenlandic woman performing a traditional Inuit drum song.
Erinarsuutit: * Greenlandic Rap:
    Videos of contemporary songs by Greenlandic singers and rappers.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Greenlanders:
Encyclopedia articles on the Greenlandic Inuit.
De grønlandske nationaldragter:
Information about the Greenlandic tribe in Danish.
Inuit People: * Greenlandic Resources:
Greenlandic and Inuit links.

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