Exactly 8 years ago, on the 15th of december 2004, I came to Ittoqqortoormiit for the first time in my life. Staying here for 5 months while attending a Circumpolar Study Program online, I wanted to get to learn about everyday life and hunting in a remote, northern community. I wished to get some insight into eastgreenlandic culture and hoped to get a chance to go dog-sleding and hunting. And so I did … and as you all know I fell in love with the place, came back once more during my studies and finally moved to Ittoqqortoormiit permanently in december 2006.
Since I first came here I felt a desire to share my experiences with friends and family, and did so quite frequently in letters and e-mails. Often I was encouraged to do so more frequently and share some of it with a bigger audience.
We all enjoy sharing som of our experiences with others, and so I did, but at the same time I felt reluctance about sharing them in public, because I was a foreigner in Greenland. I grew up in a very different environment and culture, and through my studies I became aware of how I experienced and described places and people through my own ”glasses”. I realized how little I actually knew about eastgreenlandic culture, language and way of life, – and decided that I needed to learn a lot more before I would start writing.
Today – 8 years later – I still have a lot to learn, and I still see things through the glasses of my own upbringing and worldview. And I have realized that I`ll always carry those glasses with me (although they are changing throughout the years), even if I stay here forever. Maybe the important thing is to be aware of them. To be aware of, and point out to you, that the way I see and describe experiences in nature and culture of course is influenced by who I am and what I believe. And that there is room for disagreement. So, don´t hesistate to give both positive and negative feedback on anything you read or see on this blog!
I do – of course – also feel much more “at home” and part of the community today, compared to when I spent my first winter in Ittoqqortoormiit. I just got married to Ingkasi (Johan) who was born here and has lived most of his life in Ittoqqortoortoormiit, and we want to stay in Eastgreenland. That certainly also gives me some more confidence to “dare to share”.
Throughout the years I got to know people from different parts of the world who care about Ittoqqortoormiit and love to hear about what´s going on both in the community and out on the ”hunting grounds” around the Scoresbysund Fjord.
That has encouraged me to create this blog about living and hunting in Ittoqqortoormiit. Since it today is 8 years ago that I first landed at the heliport in Ittoqqortoormiit, and because coming here certainly had a huge impact on my life, I decided to get startet today.
There will be pictures of the area, some updates about weather, ice and snow conditiones and about what is going on in the community, stories and pictures from hunting trips, our dogs, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking and much more …. and you might find posts in different languages, not just in english (remember – there´s always Google Translate 🙂 ).
As I did so many times during my first stay in town, I went for a short ski trip today, followed by some of our dogs … the weather was clear and the air crispy. It was already too dark to take good pictures, but they still show the beautiful coloured sky we enjoy at this time of the year…..
Bye bye 🙂