Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
The Will of the Unseen
by Hans Lynge
160 pages, 6 x 8.25"
Illustrated by the author
Translated by Susan Stanley
Afterword by Kirsten Thisted
Two brothers learn their father was murdered by their step-father. Upon learning this, they both depart on journeys of self discovery leading them to the extremes of traditional Greenlandic culture and finally, transcendence.
Hans Lynge was born in Nuuk, Greenland in 1906 and died in 1988. He was an author, dramatist, painter, politician, printmaker, and sculptor.
Trained as a catechist, tuberculosis forced him to abandon his calling in 1931, beginning a new career as artist and author, while also becoming involved in the political forum. He participated in the delegation for negotiations with the Greenlandic Parliamentary Committee.
Hans Lynge’s writing claims its motifs from the ancient Inuit world and expresses a strong admiration for traditional indigenous life, but also the need for Greenland to modernize to the world around it. Emphasizing the importance of including the Greenlandic people in this process was his primary concern. As a visual artist, Lynge work also belongs to the country's finest. His work helped contribute to the formation of Greenlandic Folk Art.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Revealing an Arctic Legend
By William Fitzhugh and Martin Nweeia
260 pages, 8.5 x 11.25"
Available November 2017
Few animals on the planet inspire the sense of wonder evoked by the narwhal. The ‘Arctic unicorn’ is everyone’s version of “awesome” and “cool.” Explorers, aristocrats, artists and scientists celebrate this elusive whale and its extraordinary tusk. From Flemish unicorn tapestries, Inuit legends and traditional knowledge, and the research of devoted scientists, comes a tale of discovery reported here from the top of the world, a place where climate change is rapidly transforming one of the harshest environments on earth. How did the narwhal tusk become the horn of the fabled unicorn? What treasures do the Inuit hold about this majestic but elusive denizen? What have scientists discovered about the function of its tusk?
Explore with whale biologists as they capture live narwhals to answer questions of narwhal biology, migration, population and behavior. Ponder the evolutionary history of the narwhal through paleontology and genetic science. Contemplate the fate of northern regions, animals, and peoples in a rapidly warming Arctic. Experience the insights and observations of Inuit hunters who have lived with the narwhal for thousands of years. The following pages present their views along with the latest research in narwhal biology, art, and climate science illustrated by more than a dozen photographers and graphic artists.
William W. Fitzhugh is a Smithsonian anthropologist who directs the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center and serves as a visiting professor at Dartmouth College. His archaeological research investigates the history of Arctic peoples and cultures and the impacts of climate change and European contacts throughout northern Eurasia and North America. Recent research includes studies of Basque-Inuit contact and Mongolian Bronze Age art.
Dr. Martin Nweeia has devoted 18 years to studies of narwhal tusk function discovering its sensory ability. The Harvard-Case Western Reserve-Smithsonian affiliated scientist worked with Inuit elders and hunters, and over 78 collaborating scientists in 8 countries in an effort that brought together Inuit traditional knowledge and scientific applications that led to his discoveries.
A co-publication with the Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By Nauja Lynge
Afterword by Iben Bjørnsson
224 pages, 5.25 x 8.25"
Available June 2017
Nauja Lynge’s novel is a call for temperance in Greenland's rush for independence from Denmark.
Greenland, circa 2015. Three women are found murdered in the capital city Nuuk. Ongoing issues in the country involving the desire for independence from the Kingdom of Denmark are redirected, as race and gender recolor the scene, and the mystery unravels in clashing graphic detail. An intertwined story of corruption, greed, domination, and sovereignty reveals itself through the discoveries of three investigators— Russian, Chinese, and a Danish Greenlander. The politics at hand are reenacted in the very act of investigating the murders, revealing the Inuit of Greenland as the true and only victims of this crime.
Nauja Lynge is the great granddaughter of Henrik Lund, author of Greenland’s national anthem, and granddaughter of Hans Lynge, who promoted increased Greenlandic independence in a time before the Home Rule government. She left Greenland for Denmark as a child, but returned to reclaim her native identity as a Danish Greenlander. Through this journey home, Nauja has seen the effects of cultural stereotypes affecting the economy, language, and very heart of those torn between two worlds. She continues to actively work towards helping Greenlanders gain their due rights. This is her first novel.
The Meaning of Ice available in paperback, and translated into Inuktitut, Greenlandic and Inupiaq, July 2017
The Meaning of Ice:
People and Sea Ice in Three
Available in paperback, July 2017
translated by Jukeepa Hainnu
Available in July 2017
translated by Leona Simmonds Okakok
Available in July 2017
translated by Kelly Berthelsen
Available in July 2017