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Greenland
48 visits the Inuit population of the world's largest island - Greenland.
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2009 08:05 GMT

In this episode of 48, Amanda Palmer and the crew travel to the remote, very cold and very beautiful Greenland, where just 57,000 people live on the world's largest island.

We start in the capital Nuuk to join our Inuit guide Else and her father Vittus on their regular family weekend outing: a seal hunt.

Elsa, Amanda and Mikisoq

For the Inuit, this is no sport.

It is integral to their culture, family life and in feeding themselves and their neighbours when they host a home party, known as kaffemik. 

Back on dry land, the 48 crew meet our second guide, Mikisoq – a local film producer - who is rallying Greenlanders to be loud and proud about their cultural identity.

Mikisoq takes us to a local high school to meet the young Danish speaking Greenlanders who are learning their native tongue, in their late teens.

A hunter in the Arctic Palerfik Dogsledding Expedition

We also visit the set of Quapuk!, a new Greenlandic television programme, as it hosts one of today’s most important  and controversial national debates – what do Greenlanders call themselves?

We meet geological "rock star" Ole Christiansen (he is also the CEO of Nuna Minerals) to discuss Greenland's recent discovery of oil, and the precious minerals beneath the rapidly receding ice sheet.

Could this natural wealth be Greenland's ticket to financial and political independence from Denmark, their colonial rulers? That depends on who you ask.

On day two, the crew fly North to Ilulissat, a small city deep inside the arctic circle that is known for working dogs, calving glaciers and gargantuan Icebergs.

Pulling the 48 crew on the Arctic Palerfik Dogsledding expedition

We meet Kunnuunnguaq, the lead singer of Thornstone, an up-and-coming band who like to iceberg-hop in between writing about the challenges of growing up in an isolated arctic community.

Kunnuunguaq then shifts our Greenlandic adventure into top gear with a race against the setting sun on roaring snow mobiles to rendezvous with an annual dog sledding expedition across the sea ice called Arctic Palerfic.

We meet 200 hunters and 1000 dogs to bid a fun and freezing farewell to the winter.

This episode of 48 can be seen from Thursday, January 6, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0630; Saturday: 0830, 1630; Sunday: 0130, 1230, 2330; Monday: 0830.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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