PRESERVE

INUIT HUNTING GROUND BETWEEN ICE AND SEA

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The Aasivissuit – Nipisat area is a unique cultural landscape in an artic setting. It lies at the heart of the largest ice-free area in Greenland which, in combination with the transitional coastal zone between the ‘open-Water area’ and the high-arctic area of land-fast winter ice, has made it exceptional as a hunting ground for people through millennia. This long history is visible in the landscape in the form of the numerous ruins and traces left by the Arctic people. These include winter settlements with ruins of turf houses along the coast, inussuit (cairns) and trails from the coast to the caribou hunting camps and the remarkable caribou drive systems in the interior.

The area provides the most complete and best-preserved record of arctic hunting traditions from 2500 BC onwards, demonstrating sustainable land use based on seasonal migrations between coast and interior. Colonial ruins at the coast reflect the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century and their interaction with Inuit.