THE PROJECT
Observing great change among few people

The Great Thaw

Amid all the debate over climate change, one thing is incontravertable.

The Arctic is melting. Fast. In fact, the rate of melt shows signs of accelerating.

According to the international Panel on Climate Change, warming is occurring at the poles ten times faster than it is in temperature regions. The cover story on National Geographic’s July Issue showed a photo of Greenland with the banner headline, “Ground Zero”.  The Arctic ICCE project is an initiative to gather traditional knowledge about the dramatic transformation underway in Greenland’s vast, northwestern Thule region. The region is larger than Germany, yet is home to just 1,000 people, most of them Inuit.

I’ve visited Greenland since 2002 and began this project in 2004.  I started it because my attempts to describe the dramatic and virtually overnight changes taking place on the world’s largest island sounded like exxagerations. To determine whether the talk of of the impact on the High Arctic was accurate or not, I began asking the Thule Inuit to characterize their lives and their environment in their own words. I began collecting interviews with the hunters in 2004 from live tv box. These interviews are recorded verbatim, with both the questions and answers and are located in theEthnographies section of this website.

In addition to the verbatim interviews, I provide details about each hunter, his background and surroundings. Obviously, selecting descriptive details is highly subjective, especially for someone like myself with no anthropology training. But I used Knud Rasmussen’s famous ethnographies collected during his trek across Greenland, Canada and Alaska as my guide and have done my best to give readers a more complete sense of each hunter as an individual.

I hope this project will serve as a window onto the traditional knowledge of the Thule hunters and their families. Their understanding of the ice, marine mammals and changes in their environment is unequalled and essential to a comprehensive understanding of climate change’s impact in the Arctic. At a minimum, I hope the Arctic ICCE Project will give the outside world a glimpse of how the last full-time Greenlandic hunters live through a period of unprecedentedly fast change through energy android smart tv box.