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Present and past dynamics of Inughuit resource spaces

New publication by Janne Flora, Kasper Lambert Johansen, Bjarne Grønnow, Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen, Anders Mosbech

Photo: Carsten Egevang


Information from a collaborative GPS tracking project, Piniariarneq, involving 17 occupational hunters from Qaanaaq and Savissivik, Northwest Greenland, is used to explore the resource spaces of hunters in Avanersuaq today. By comparison with historical records from the time of the Thule Trading Station and the decades following its closure, we reveal a marked variability in resource spaces over time. It is argued that the dynamics of resources and resource spaces in Thule are not underlain by animal distribution and migration patterns, or changes in weather and sea ice conditions alone; but also by economic opportunities, human mobility, settlement patterns, particular historical events and trajectories, and not least by economic and political interests developed outside the region.

Ambio, April 2018, Volume 47, Supplement 2, pp 244–264. doi.org/10.1007/s13280-018-1039-6