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Greenland Christmas market opens in Copenhagen

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Added On December 12, 2019

Thousands of people in Denmark's capital Copenhagen visited the biggest Greenland Christmas market outside Greenland over the weekend to buy unique arts and crafts.

 
Take a look.
 
In Greenland, the word for art literally means "to create things that look strange".
 
Inuit people have been living on the arctic island together with wild animals like seals, polar bears and hares for around 4500 years.
 
Many hunters in Greenland still follow ancient traditions. They use everything they catch. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): NINA STAFELT, Exhibitor
"Well, I use Greenlandic seal fur. It's from indigenous hunters. And so it is a way to, can you say, it's a way to protect and encourage the fact that there are still hunters on the northern hemisphere."
 
Greenlandic arts and crafts are inspired by Greenland's unique wildlife, the natural world and by local beliefs about the spirit world.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): HENRIETTE LUND THOMSEN, Visitor
"It's something that you don't see anywhere. You don't have anything similar in any other culture. And the fact that you are using everything from the animals that you are, when you are hunting, you can see that in the craftwork, so I really enjoy that."
 
Only around 56,500 people live in Greenland. The world's largest island is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark.