Kulusuk - House
and Grave - East Greenland
I like this picture as it sums up much of the
way of life of the modern Inuit.
There was something
about the houses that seemed odd, but it was so obvious that
I missed it for a while. The houses have no fences or land around
them that belongs to the householder. Almost anywhere else in
the world especially where people live near to each other, they
build fences to show what they consider to be their space and
keep others out. In Greenland there is no such thing as personal
land ownership, people live in the houses but don't own the
land. For a hunter gatherer society, personal land ownership
is anathema and the Inuit still have many of the values of the
hunter gatherer despite the 21st century.
lone un-named grave keeping the ancestors near
(I can just imagine saying "I'm just popping out to have a
word with grandad")
and the wooden a-frame structure which is a fish drying rack.
The sled dogs complete the ambience.
Picture copyright Paul Ward 2009.
Pentax digital equipment.