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By Jens Dahl

In the early eighteenth century, West Greenland turned a colonial territory of Denmark. however, a great number of Inuit groups maintained major facets in their cultural and fiscal practices. while domestic rule was once brought in 1979, the benign paternalism of colonial days was once outmoded by means of the incorporation of ethnic and institutional family below a unified political procedure in Greenland. a countrywide Greenlandic Inuit neighborhood was once created, forcing extra cultural variation at the a part of the Inuit.

Jens Dahl analyses lifestyles in Saqqaq, a small Greenlandic searching group, and explores the adjustments that experience taken position there during the last couple of a long time. As smooth know-how is brought and the worldviews of the Greenlandic Inuit switch, the searching neighborhood maintains to base its existence on a conventional notions, together with an financial system concerning sharing, replacing, and unfastened entry to the looking and fishing grounds. Dahl demonstrates that Saqqaq and different groups have tailored to colonial and post-colonial impacts by means of combining their practices of searching and fishing with different kinds of employment.

In the midst of those monetary advancements, despite the fact that, hunters are wasting regulate over their conventional lands. Dahl discusses this clash in the political context, making .Saqqaq. a distinct and worthy instance of Inuit survival within the sleek world.

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The notion of a community consisting of only a single inhabited place is thus of quite recent invention. For all practical means, the old demographic structure, which included permanent occupied outposts and temporary camps, existed until after World War II. In some respects, therefore, the settlement (like other Greenlandic communities) of today is more territorially bounded and its territory to a certain extent more delimited than was the case only a few generations ago and this in spite of increased communication with the outside world.

From Nuuk, another investigation revealed that children of mixed marriages are bilingual to an increasing extent (Langgaard 1992). In an ethnic sense, Saqqaq is thus a homogeneous community. This should not, however, be mistaken for an indication of a low influence from Danish or Euro-American cultures. As this study will show, Saqqaq is strongly rooted in the world market, heavily influenced by Danish culture and history, and fully integrated into the national political system of modern Greenland.

Rising gradually behind Saqqaq is a green and friendly slope ending in high peaks and glaciers that can be seen from the settlement. Although not more than 979 metres high, the Inngigissoq east of Saqqaq Valley is most spectacular and Saqqaq's landmark. Saqqaq Valley and the high mountain peaks to the northwest frame what is often regarded as one of the most scenic and beautiful places of West Greenland. No less remarkable are the summer midnights when the sun hits the northeastern slope of Disko Island, only twenty kilometres across the strait of Vaigat from Saqqaq.

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