Before the Korean war, the United States Air Force and the Danish government exiled a small band of Inuit hunters to the hinterland of Northern Greenland. Now, 50 years later, these native people are fighting for their land and find themselves at the heart of a struggle that includes star wars, the environment, and the future of their culture.
Article by Robert Biswas-Diener
Sunday mornings the sandy streets of Qaanaaq, Greenland are deserted. Enormous petrol tanks stand in the dim light, huskies lie curled next to brightly-colored houses, and department store-sized icebergs float silently out to sea. Qaanaaq, the second most northerly town in the world, is framed on one side by scree strewn mountains and on the other by an ominous and freezing sea. Unlikely as it sounds, a major land use struggle is being waged here over one of the least hospitable tracts of land on Earth.