chapter  9
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Discourses of Indigeneity: Branding Greenland in the Age of Self-Government and Climate Change

At the bottom of the ord, behind the town of Ilulissat, which, not coincidentally, means ‘icebergs’ in Greenlandic, lies one of the world’s fastestmoving and most productive glaciers. e ice is pushed out from the inland icecap, breaks o in huge chunks and is carried by the tide into Disko Bay, where the icebergs oat majestically in the summer and lie frozen in during the winter. Or at least, that is how it used to be. Now the icebergs are shrinking, and the freezing of the ord is not as deep or as long-lasting as it used to be. In the climate debate, Ilulissat Iceord is viewed by many as the ‘canary in the coal mine’ and is included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Politicians, eco-tourists and environmental activists ock to Ilulissat to see this wonder of nature for themselves before it melts away – an image that is a poignant parallel to the notion of Greenland’s hunting culture as an endangered and dying way of life. In Silis’s lens, for the time being, things continue as before around the bay. People still live o the sh and wildlife, and no one can imagine it being any dierent.