Nuussuarmiut: hunting families on the big headland: by Keld Hansen

By Keld Hansen

This ebook describes lifestyles in a small looking neighborhood in Northwest Greenland. it really is in response to fieldwork performed by way of the writer from 1966 to 1968 and files intimately the normal fabric tradition, methods of searching and fishing, lifestyle, and festive events of an Inuit society now not but stimulated by means of eu tradition. The old heritage of the cost from the institution in 1923 is printed. lifestyle within the cost itself and out at the looking grounds is via an entire yr and all approaches are documented within the many unique photos. The publication demonstrates a stunning balance within the lifetime of the searching households, no longer as a result of conservatism yet simply because event has proven them that this manner of residing is the main suited for the given stipulations. on the time of the sector examine, new instruments and several other goods were brought. In numerous circumstances, they're utilized in conjunction with extra conventional instruments.

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Walrus in the thin ice in December; 2. Ringed seal, rich breeding grounds; 3. Areas for shark lines; 4. Fishing areas, catfish and Greenland halibut; 5. Villages; 6. White whale migration route; 7. Narwhal migration route; 8. Polar bear migration route. Special books and articles on the fauna and flora are listed in the references but the remaining Greenlandic literature does of course also include a great deal on these subjects (Hertz & Kapel 1986; King 1964; Muus et al. 1981; Vibe 1950). As far as possible the terms are given in English, Greenlandic and Latin but for the most important game animals it will be apparent that the hunter families often have a large number of terms for the same animal.

According to the official statistics in 1915-16 Abel caught: 33 whales, 31 large seals and 337 small seals, which gave a calculated 180,039 kg (Fig. 18b). The northernmost settlement in 1915 was Illulik and in 1930 the hunters had reached as far as Qaarusulik, where Melville Bay, with the exception of shorter hunting trips, formed the natural boundary to the north. The larger permanent hunter settlements that subsequently grew around school, church and shop have, accordingly, resulted in a radical change in the families’ settlement pattern.

A hunter who moved to Nuussuaq in 1940 said similarly that in the freshwater lake used as a water supply for the settlement itself there were some small char, which were fished for. Arctic Cod (eqalugaasaq, Gadus saida) This small but tasty and vitamin-rich member of the cod family can sometimes be encountered over the whole district and people recount that is was previously present in very large numbers.

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