The importance of hunting within Greenland highlighted with a new stamp issue

January 27th, 2015

According to info received by on 19th January the second part of the "Life of the Sealers" series is to be issued. The two stamps complete Ivalo Abelsen's artistic interpretation highlighting the cultural im- portance of hunting within Greenland. The first two stamps in the series were issued on 20th October 2014.

As in the case of the first two stamps in the series, these two stamps may also be positioned together so that the animals and the colours fit together to make a cohesive pattern.

Since the first immigrants arrived in Thule between 4,000-5,000 years ago, the Inuit in Greenland have been dependent on natural resources such as fish, birds, land and marine mammals. Hunting and fishing have always been a matter of survival in a country where the summer is short and the winter long and hard. It is characteristic of the catch in Greenland that it is sustainable and that the hunters use the whole animal when killed or captured. The meat is part of the household, while skins and bones are used in the production of handicrafts.

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