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"Qimmeq - a hunt for the
soul of the Greenland sled dog"

Qimmeq - a hunt for the soul of the Greenland sled dog

Greenland’s sled dog culture and technology are more than 4,000 years old.

Without this dog the Greenlanders’ ancestors, the Thule people, would have found it difficult to colonise the new world in the Arctic region, and neither Robert Peary nor Roald Amundsen would have been able to conquer the North and South Poles.

Today, the traditional knowledge of dog sleds, its technology and cosmology still exist in Greenlandic society. It can rightly be called the Greenlandic sled dog's soul. But this knowledge has often not been written down, and now both the sled dog and the highly specialised knowledge are in danger of disappearing.

A Danish-Greenlandic interdisciplinary research project has therefore embarked upon a hunt for ”the sled dog's soul”, where researchers in close collaboration with the people of Greenland e.g., will chronicle the cultural significance of the sled dog and chart its genetic history.

The research project builds on a strong partnership that involves 13 museums and two universities. The research project is coordinated by professor Morten Melgaard in a secretariat placed at Ilisimatusarfik.

Also visit the research project Qimmeq on their Facebook page.

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