TOOLS FROM THE PAST UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY
The hardy Inuit cultures have survived in Greenland by inventing and developing essential tools and implements that have been adapted and refined over generations, and which are in fact still in use today.
This applies to, for example, the qajaq – the Greenlandic sea kayak – which is perhaps the best symbol of an Arctic culture that has lived on, by and from the sea and its resources.
The ulo, which is a special, curved knife used by the women to cut up the prey the men brought home from the seal hunt, is also worthy of mention.
FROM DOGSLED TO SNOWMOBILE
Like the qajaq and the ulo, the dogsled is also a tool from the past, although it is probably the traditional appliance that is most used in today’s modern society.
Indeed, Greenland has become a modern society, where snowmobiles have in some cases replaced the sleds and where mobile phones and the Internet have become common means of communication for young and old alike.
However, some things never disappear from even the most modern cultures, and the traditional myths and legends still hold a key place in the Greenlandic consciousness.