PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University’s Geography Professor, Anthony Dzik, published his paper titled, “THREE KILOMETRES & THREE CENTURIES: Modernisation and Cultural Landscape of Kulusuk Island, East Greenland,” in Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures.
Dzik’s paper reflects the interaction and integration of the traditional and the modern cultural landscape of the Kulusuk Island in East Greenland. Kulusuk Island was isolated from the rest of Greenland and the outside world until the late 19th Century and exhibited little trace of permanent habitation until 1909 when the Danes established a religious mission on the island and created a village there. Modernization brought new technologies and new material culture and the cultural landscape of the island was transformed.
Dzik’s report describes the cultural landscape of the island today and discusses how it reflects the composite effects of traditional subsistence hunting and fishing, governmental programs, World War II, the Cold War, regional economy and tourism.
“I have always been fascinated by Greenland and over the past three years I have traveled to a number of settlements to study the physical and cultural geography, but the Kulusuk Island is in many ways a microcosm of Greenland as it maintains elements of traditional lifestyles in the face of modernization and globalization,” said Dzik.
This is Dzik’s third article to appear on Greenland settlements. He traveled to Kulusuk Island in June 2015 and has done field work previously in Kangerlussuaq in 2013 and in the vicinity of Tunulliarfik Fjord in 2014. Dzik plans to travel to Nuuk next year to study the country’s infrastructure development in Arctic metropolis. He is planning to eventually publish a book on the modern geography of Greenland’s settlements.