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Joel Berger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043630

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043647.001.0001

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Islands of Ice and Innocence

Islands of Ice and Innocence

(p.174) Chapter 11 Islands of Ice and Innocence
The Better to Eat You With

Joel Berger

University of Chicago Press

Even today, Greenland is mostly inaccessible. With but a few coastal roads, the favored modes of transport are snowmobiles and dog sleds in all but the capital, Nuuk. The majority of Greenlanders are Inuits, many of whom make a living hunting seal and whale. Local economies are bolstered by tourists, among them adventurers of all kinds—hunters, climbers, and racers. Researchers also come. This chapter describes the author's study of caribou in an area known as Kangerlussuaq–Sisimiut. In contrast to other areas, the Kangerlussuaq site had two advantages. Caribou were protected from human hunting, and wolves had been absent from anywhere between four hundred to four thousand years.

Keywords:   caribou, wolves, predators, Kangerlussuaq–Sisimiut, Greenland, Inuits

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