Capturing Greenland

The river, Kuuk, divides two parts of the village in Qassiarsuk. Before it meets the fjord, it intertwines through the farm land, providing the locals with water and food. On the river, I was guided by a local inuit as he taught me how to capture the trout in a traditional way. Although fishing is familiar to me, the experience of catching the trout with my bare hands was a new adventure. The excitement of actually catching an Arctic fish over ruled the cold temperature of the water, and this direct contact influenced me to develop a stronger connection with the water here in Greenland. I often find myself comparing the inuit culture with my own aboriginal culture back in Australia. Surprisingly a few factors of the landscape remind me of my home in the Kimberlies, Western Australia. In contrast, the cultures are different but the importance of fishing remains constant and vital as these rivers feed the local people.

About the Author Kalinda Palmer


I can’t express how much I value the environment and the land we live on.

Studying VCE Environmental Science in 2014 has educated me on the issues relating to global warming and climate change. I am now studying VCE Environmental science, Biology, Chemistry and Agriculture and have my final year exams in November.
My studies highlighted the fragility of the polar ice caps and the environmental consequences of habitat loss. Comprehending how quickly the world is changing I believe that action needs to take place as expeditiously as possible.

I feel a strong sense of responsibility to help protect the world we walk, swim and crawl on.

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