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10/15/2018 at 1:26:33 PM GMT
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How Greenlanders Preserve Their Heritage Through Kayaking

By Abby Sewell —

“Cloaked in sealskin suits, a flock of kayakers cuts across a steely expanse of frigid water. A close observer might catch signs of modernity in the vessels’ construction and the kayakers’ attire, but from a distance, the image appears timeless.

The world’s largest island, Greenland is a territory of Denmark, with its own government and a large degree of autonomy from the kingdom. Since Greenlanders voted for self-rule in 1979, they have been striving to forge a post-colonial identity. The signs of Danish influence endure, from the Scandinavian-style buildings painted in bold primary colors to the movement from a subsistence economy to a modern market system. But it also includes a revival of one of the most important aspects of the island’s Inuit legacy: the kayak.

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To continue reading, visit the full article on National Geographic’s website.

Sewell, Abby. “How Greenlanders Preserve Their Heritage Through Kayaking.” National Geographic. (October 8, 2018). <https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/travel/destinations/europe/greenland/pictures-national-kayaking-championship-heritage>



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