A portal to Greenland's culture on the Internet. The aim of Culture Greenland is to maintain a large list of web sites with topics on Greenland's culture. Also of interest is the Greenland National Image Database. Search on "kajak" for a number of old kayak images. Another feature, currently under construction, is the National Sound Database of Greenland.
This museum, located in Nuuk, Greenland is the central institution for research and documentation of the Greenland cultural history. It is also the central archival institution for public archives and offices. The museum holds a large collection of Greenlandic kayaks, but as yet, there is not a 'web tour' of the exhibition.
Seal hunting by kayak was still part of their way of life for the Inuit villagers of Illorsuit, northwest Greenland, in 1959. In his Scottish sea kayak, Ken Taylor was able to accompany one of the hunters, as he chased and caught a number of seal. Taylor also describes the day-to-day life of the village. The report is lavishly illustrated with his photographs of this remarkably beautiful part of Arctic Greenland. The kayak Ken brought from Greenland greatly influenced kayaking in Europe and America and was the impetus behind the Anas Acuta and other glass kayaks.
'Frozen Landscapes, Dynamic Technologies' is an archaeological project that studies traditional kayaking in the Arctic. Of special interest are the interviews with Greenland kayakers and the film project ("Film Trailer" link).
Eskimo Life by Fridtjof Nansen
Replica (facsimile copy) of 1893 edition by Longmans, Green, and Co., London. This is an enchanting book with beautiful illustrations and vivid writing. Colorful accounts of the dangers and skills required for sealing via kayak. Includes a wealth of information regarding kayaking equipment and culture in post-contact Greenland. Available from Amazon. An online version of Eskimo Life is now available courtesy of Google.
Sacred Hunt: A Portrait of the Relationship Between Seals and Inuit by David Pelly.
In this book David Pelly richly describes the importance of the seal hunt, beginning with the respect for seals underlying the hunt. This respect is reflected in the myths, legends, rituals, and traditions of the Inuit, which include stories about hunters transforming themselves into seals and the practice of offering a killed seal water to drink. Details from Amazon.
The Wedding of Palo (Palos Brudefaerd), a video by Knud Rasmussen, 1935
This fictionalized documentary was filmed with Ammassilik (East Greenland) natives and records Greenlandic life in the 1930's. Kayaking legend Manasse Mathaeussen is reported to have performed some of the rough-water kayaking stunt work. In addition to a wealth of cultural information, and scenes of kayaks and umiaks, there is enough kayaking footage, including close-up scenes of a partial sliding stroke, to keep Greenland-style kayakers very interested. Subtitles in English. Details from Amazon.
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The "Greenlanders" are a passionate and friendly group of kayakers, located in the Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Mr. Eiichi Ito and this group organizes 'G-style" a Greenland symposium. See the gallery for G-style 2003, featuring Maligiaq Padilla as guest instructor. Their website features great animation of Greenland technique, unique artwork, and more.
Associated with the "Greenlanders" (above), the Qajaq JPN website contains extraordinary artwork and animation by Eiichi Ito and is good fun to visit. The technique information is beautifully rendered, and is definitely worth repeated visits. Qajaq JPN is officially a part of Qaannat Kattuffiat in the same manner as Qajaq USA.
The (Danish) site of Qajaq København (Qajaq Copenhagen). Qajaq Copenhagen is a fellow Qajaq club associated with Qaannat Kattuffiat. Along with Qajaq USA, these are the only two affiliated Qajaq clubs outside of Greenland. Qajaq Copenhagen was created in 1996 by Pavia Lumholt, a past-president of Qajaq Nuuk and Qajaq USA board advisor (past board member). We look forward to adding links to other sister organizations as they develop a web presence.
(Danish). A kayak club that introduces kayaking to handicapped Greenlanders and Danes. Poul Hansen and Svend Ulstrup are regular fixtures at the Greenland Championships. Site includes images from the championships.
ConnYak is a non-profit club that is open to all paddlers interested in sea kayaking from any location. Membership in ConnYak is open to all paddlers interested in sharing the diverse activities associated with this sport.
Storm Paddle is a website for sea kayaking enthusiasts with paddlers located in NJ, NY, PA, DE & MD primarily. Expertise ranges from those totally new to the sport to those with significant knowledge and skills.
The paddlers of the Walden Qajaq Society, "Fools roll in where Euros fear to tread", are a passionate group of paddlers devoted to Greenland -style paddling and rolling. Located near Walden Pond, of Henry David Thoreau fame, this group welcomes new paddlers and freely mentors their skills. Their site also contains some excellent video clips.
WMCKA is an active paddling association, located in Western Michigan, and has a large number of traditional kayakers among its ranks. WMCKA sponsors a yearly symposium on Camp Pendalouan north of Muskegon. Alan Anderson and Doug Van Doren are well-known members.
Qajaq.nl is dedicated to bringing the attention of the traditional qajaq to the kayakers of the Dutch language regions. In addition to their website, Qajaq.nl organizes activities centered around the traditional qajaq, like the Qajaq Treffen, workshops, paddle making etc. Their website is available in English.
An excellent resource. Note that Greenlandic is a separate dialect of Inuiktitut. This dictionary does provide information on different dialects of common words.
A very useful PDF file that includes both the old and new orthography of Greenlandic place names.
An impressive amount of useful information from maps to outfitters.
This commercial site has some excellent images and information on travel, kayaking, diving, river fishing and what wonders to see, when you visit Greenland.
This electronic news service is published in Iqaluit (capital of Nunavut, Canada) and is an excellent resource.