Greenland Destination Guide


When Denmark granted home rule to Greenland in 2008, it resulted in a change to the arts and crafts movement. Where artists had once tried to emulate European arts and crafts, they began to return to the traditional forms reflecting the national and ethnic characteristics of the island. Today, there are many brilliant artists and crafters in Greenland and visitors often have the opportunity to meet and interact with them. Carving is one of the local specialties, as reindeer antler or soapstone are transformed into traditional shapes and forms. One of the more interesting cultural icons is the Tupilak, a carved bone figure said to be endowed with a powerful mythical magic. Craftsmen also use musk ox and sheep wool, sealskin, mussel shells, soapstone and fish skin in their crafts.

Traditional Greenland Eskimo Dolls


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