Kujataa Greenland

Norse and Inuit farming at the Edge of the Ice Cap

Photo: Greenland National Museum & Archives, Georg Nyegaard
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Kujataa is a subarctic farming landscape located in the southern region of Greenland. It bears witness to the cultural histories of the Norse farmer-hunters who started arriving from Iceland in the 10th century and of the Inuit hunters and Inuit farming communities that developed from the end of the 18th century. Despite their differences, the two cultures, European Norse and Inuit, created a cultural landscape based on farming, grazing and marine mammal hunting. The landscape represents the earliest introduction of farming to the Arctic, and the Norse expansion of settlement beyond Europe.

Kujataa was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2017.

(Source: UNESCO)

Last updated: 10.10.2018
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