I had a chance to sit down with these guys last week. I thought they would bring a young perspective to my 'Meeting the People of Greenland' posts. I've included a short video so you all can meet Mike, Pauia, and Hans-lars as well.
Last week we had the chance to share some of the 3D technology with older students at GUX (gymnasial uddannelse) - Sisimiut. In the Greenlandic schooling system, this is a bit of a cross between American students' final years of high school and the beginning years of college. Below is a brief, informal interview. I saw this as an opportunity to introduce these guys and share their perspectives. One of the greatest gifts of travel is meeting people different from you. Often, tourism doesn't allow us the opportunity to connect with people this way, as visitors keep to a cruise ship or the tourist spots not frequently filled with locals. In my opinion, that is a major downside of most traditional travel itineraries. If you spend the time and money to go far, chatting with people who grew up where you're visiting can be provide much deeper insight than a guidebook. This is why longer travel programs like study abroad can be life-changing. Since none of my students can study abroad this year, I hope this virtual field trip and these brief introductions to the people of Greenland provide some sort of cultural connection. I hope they encourage you all to seek more international learning opportunities in the near future. Both my life and my perspectives on the world have been greatly impacted by the people I've met abroad. I so badly want that experience for each of my students. In the meantime, enjoy meeting a few more Greenlanders. Hear what it was like to grow up here. You may find you're surprised..not just at the cultural differences you hear about, but some aspects of life that sound familiar as well. If you get to travel yourself in the future, remember that a conversation with someone from another culture can provide you with a lasting memory. And that memory may end up more valuable than your souvenirs or your photographs of beautiful places.
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. This fall, I will be recording a research trip to Greenland as a virtual field trip for my students (and anyone else interested). Join us as we travel to the Arctic and learn about life in the far north.