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By Keld Hansen

This ebook describes existence in a small searching group in Northwest Greenland. it really is in line with fieldwork conducted by means of the writer from 1966 to 1968 and records intimately the normal fabric tradition, methods of looking and fishing, lifestyle, and festive events of an Inuit society no longer but motivated by means of ecu tradition. The historic heritage of the payment from the institution in 1923 is printed. way of life within the payment itself and out at the looking grounds is via an entire 12 months and all procedures are documented within the many unique images. The publication demonstrates a stunning balance within the lifetime of the searching households, no longer as a result of conservatism yet simply because adventure has proven them that this manner of residing is the main suited for the given stipulations. on the time of the sphere research, new instruments and several other goods have been brought. In a great number of instances, they're utilized in conjunction with extra conventional instruments.

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This should, however, also be seen in the light of the hunters’ reluctance to feed the dogs with shark meat for longer periods. Seal and whale meat give significantly better sledge dogs. The shark meat also has a further disadvantage in that if, in the cold, it is not used within 24 hours the meat develops a poison that renders the dogs unable to stand on their feet for a few days. The meat has therefore to be dried in strips on racks for several months out of reach of the dogs. In periods of famine shark meat has been used for human food, which is possible if it is boiled in several changes of water.

Photo by the author. 39). On the northward migration the whales show themselves in openings in the ice at Nuussuaq around April after which they are hunted for the rest of the summer until they migrate south in the autumn. The narwhal’s most important foods comprise shellfish, Arctic cod, Greenland halibut and prawns and in contrast to the white whales they rarely migrate further up into the fjords. They probably have no fixed breeding season but they are thought to give birth every second year. As adults they can reach a length of around 6 m, while the characteristic spiral tusk that sits in the left upper jaw can be up to 3 m in length.

Its most important foods are Arctic cod and Greenland halibut and even though white whales often follow the narwhal schools along the ice margin, many move right in to the coast, following the same routes year after year. Until around 1960 it was permitted to drive the white whale schools into bays and inlets where they were caught in barrier nets strung across the entrance. A heavy reduction in the population prompted a ban on this form of hunting. In the 1920s KGH started up a whaling station at Prøven in the southern part of the district and here, over a period of 30 years, more than 5000 white whales were caught.

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