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Nuussuarmiut: Hunting Families on the Big Headland

Demography, subsistence and material culture in Nuussuaq, Upernavik, Northwest Greenland

This book describes the life in a small hunting community in Northwest Greenland. It is based on fieldwork carried out by the author from 1966 to 1968 and documents in detail the traditional material culture, ways of hunting and fishing, daily life and festive occasions of an Inuit society not yet influenced by European culture.

239 pages | © 2008

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements

1. Upernavik district
2. Nuussuaq
3. The ecosystem
4. The annual cycle
5. Materials and tools
6. Transport
7. Clothing
8. Hunting and fishing
9. Women’s work and equipment
10. Houses
11. Sports, games and pastimes
12. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Some examples of hunting trips
Appendix 2: Examples of polar bear hunts
Appendix 3: Two examples of walrus attacks on kayak hunters
Appendix 4: Women as hunters
Appendix 5: List of Greenlandic words in the text

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