Team Umimmak-Nino Brønlund (GL), Edna Lybert (GL), Laura Viborg (DK), Eldred Anthony (USA)

Eldred Anthony (USA)

3 Countries – 1 Team

Summer 2016, 20 students arrived in Kangerlussuaq as a part of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP). We were divided into 5 animal groups, with 4 students on each team; Puisi (seal), Nanoq (polar bear), Ukaleq (arctic hare), Tuttu (caribou), and Umimmak (musk ox). Our team was Umimmak and had following members: Eldred from Nightmute, Alaska (United States), Edna from Maniitsoq (Greenland), Nino from Kangaatsiaq (Greenland), and Laura from Esbjerg (Denmark).

When we first arrived, we were all strangers. We knew very little about each other, except for names and first impressions. As soon as we began our first activity exploring Black Ridge, ties began to form. Jokes were told with the coming night and laughter filled the previously loud silence. Lectures were given, science was taught. What we learned in the classroom, we went out to the field and had the opportunity to practice. Glacial discharge, continental rifting, biodiversity and shrubification were all topics we explored in small groups and in research groups. Weeks went by and bonds solidified, the first part of JSEP was over. Not everyone was heading on to the second part. Three students gone, two teachers missing; our hearts broken, but expectations soared. Our visit to Summit Station come up fast, the days went by. Summit was the beginning of the end, and through the experience we became the closest friends. My father is Yup’ik, native to Alaska, my mother has Danish heritage. Three nationalities during JSEP, and yet Yup’ik and Greenlandic are a part of the Northern Nations, Greenland and Denmark had shared history, and a family from Denmark had made it to Alaska.

Strangers appear, yet faces where known-

Exploration of Blackridge on the first day, ties where formed-

Though words where said, no ideas where thrown.

Lectures where given, field work was done-

Geology, Glaciology, Biology, and Math.

Busy days well spent – The last day at Kanger had went.

Sitting here at Summit, the beginning of the end.

Edna Lyberth aamma Nino Brønlund (GL)

Nunat pingasut – holdi ataaseq

Aasaq 2016 atuartut 20-it nunani assigiinngitsuni pingasuninngaanneersut Kangerlussuarmut atuariartorpugut. Tikikkatta eqimattanut tallimanut avinneqarpugut: Tuttu, Nanoq, Ukaleq, Puisi uagullu Umimmak. Eqimattami ataatsimi atuartut sisamaavugut: Nino aamma Edna Kalaallit Nunaat, Laura Qallunaat Nunaat, Eldred-ilu USA-minngaanneersoq.

Sap. ak. pingasut ingerlanerani atuartinneqarpugut, sap. ak. siulliit marluk Kangerlussuarmi Kalaallit Nunaanni Naalakkersuisut, Qallunaat Nunaannilu Regerinngip aaqqissugaannik. Sap. ak. kingulleq SUMMIT-imi amerikarmiut aaqqissugaannik atuartinneqarpugut.

Atuartissutigineqartut tassaanerupput; sermersuup aakkiartornera, nunalerineq, uumasulerinerlu. Atuarnittalu nuannernerpaartarivaa nammineq pinngortitamukarluta paasisassarsiortarnerput, ilikkakkagullu ima annertutigaat; pinngortitamik isiginneriaaserput siammarluni. Atuarnerinnaanngilarli, kulturit assigiinngitsut naapinneranni kammattaartorpugut taakkulu inooriaasiat paasisaqarfigalugu.

Sap. ak. marluk Kangerlussuarmeereerluta sermersuup portunerpaaffianukartussanngorpugut, angalanerput naggaserlugu. Pissanganaqaaq, inuimmi amerlanngitsut periarfissinneqartarput taamak misigisaqarnissaminnut. Aallaleratta takuneqarsinnaavoq qanoq takoqqaarnitsinniik atanerulersimanerput. Malugineqarsinnaavorlu, kulturini assigiinngitsuninngaaneeraluarluta arlaatigut assigiissuteqartugut. Assersuutigalugu Eldred Alaska-miik Yupik-isut oqaatsit ataasiakkaat nalunngilai, taakkulu kalaallit oqaatsitsinnut eqqaanarput. Qallunaatut oqaatsit, oqaluttuarisaanerpullu Kalaallit qallunaallu ataqatigiissutigivarput. Kiisalu Eldred siuaavi qallunaat nunaanninngaannerlutik.

Ikinngutigiittut misigisarpassuaqareerluta angalanerput naggasertussanngorparput, immitsinnut qimattussanngorluta. Aasaanerani atuarnerup periarfissippaatigut inuit pikkorissut qiimasut nunanit assigiinngitsuninngaaneersut ilisarisimalernissaanut. Nalunanngilarlu inuunitta sinnerani attaveqarfigiuarumaarigut.

Laura Viborg (DK)

3 lande – 1 team

Sommeren 2016 kom 20 elever til Kangerlussuaq som en del af JSEP 2016. Vi blev inddelt i 5 dyregrupper, bestående af 4 elever på hvert hold; Puisi (sæl), Nanoq (isbjørn), Ukaleq (snehare), Tuttu (rensdyr) og Umimmak (muskusokse). Vores hold var Umimmak og bestod af; Eldred fra Alaska (USA), Edna fra  Maniitsoq (Grønland), Nino fra Kangaatsiaq (Grønland) og Laura fra Esbjerg (Danmark).

Vi ankom til Kangerlussuaq den 27. juni som komplet fremmede klar til et nyt eventyr. Fast forward til 3 uger senere hvor fremmede er blevet byttet til venner for livet, og sammen er vi blevet en kæmpe oplevelse rigere. De 3 uger bød på mange nye og spændende ting  kulturmæssigt, ikke mindst fordi vi kom fra 3 forskellige lande med vidt forskellige kulturer. Vi lærte også, at selvom vi kom fra 3 forskellige lande, havde vores kulturer alligevel noget til fælles; Danmark og Grønland deler det danske sprog og har en hel del historie sammen. Det grønlandske sprog og yupik (Alaska) har mange ord, der minder meget om hinanden, selvom det er 2 forskellige kulturer og 2 forskellige steder i verdenen. Eldred (Alaska) har relationer til Danmark, idet nogle af hans forfædre stammer fra Danmark. Så på en måde har de 3 kulturer alligevel relation til hinanden, om det er sprog eller familie. Gennem de 3 uger lærte vi en masse nye ting, en stor del af denne viden fik vi fra specialestuderende fra Dartmouth University, Vermont, USA. Vi lærte bla. om gletsjere, permafrost, insekter, planter, larv, moræner og en masse andre ting. Viden fik vi fra arbejdet i felten, hvor vi tilbragte mange timer hver dag, men også det indlende arbejde og analysen bagefter vi havde været i felten. Alt den indsamlede viden endte ud i vores helt eget researchprojekt, om det der interesserede os mest. Projektet endte ud i en video, en længere præsentation og en outreach/stand i Kangerlussuaq lufthavn. Denne viden og læring gennem hele dette forløb fik os til at se naturen og landskabet fra et nyt perspektiv. Vi har lært, at der altid er en grund til at landskabet er formet, som det er, om det er erosion, dyr eller afsmeltning af indlandsisen. Denne læring har også åbnet vores øjne mod nye veje og nye drømme ud i fremtiden.

Efter de 2 uger i fieldschool/feltskolen var det tid til at tage til Summit Station på indlandsisen. En tur alle så frem til, ikke mindst fordi at det er en hel unik mulighed, som ikke mange mennesker for chancen for. Summit bibragte en hel del lærige ting særligt fra de 2 specialestuderende, Amber og Joshua, fra Dartmouth University. Summit bragte os også meget tættere sammen som team, men også de mange timer vi tilbragte i ”Big House”, hvor vi sammen har spille kort, grint og sunget. Men vores eventyr skulle jo komme til en ende, og tilbage står vi med et uforglemmeligt minde og mange stærk og ubrydelig venskaber, som aldrig vil blive glemt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Countries – 1 Team

 

Summer 2016, 20 students arrived in Kangerlussuaq as a part of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP). We were divided into 5 animal groups, with 4 students on each team; Puisi (seal), Nanoq (polar bear), Ukaleq (arctic hare), Tuttu (caribou), and Umimmak (musk ox). Our team was Umimmak and had following members: Eldred from Nightmute, Alaska (United States), Edna from Maniitsoq (Greenland), Nino from Kangaatsiaq (Greenland), and Laura from Esbjerg (Denmark).

 

When we first arrived, we were all strangers. We knew very little about each other, except for names and first impressions. As soon as we began our first activity exploring Black Ridge, ties began to form. Jokes were told with the coming night and laughter filled the previously loud silence. Lectures were given, science was taught. What we learned in the classroom, we went out to the field and had the opportunity to practice. Glacial discharge, continental rifting, biodiversity and shrubification were all topics we explored in small groups and in research groups. Weeks went by and bonds solidified, the first part of JSEP was over. Not everyone was heading on to the second part. Three students gone, two teachers missing; our hearts broken, but expectations soared. Our visit to Summit Station come up fast, the days went by. Summit was the beginning of the end, and through the experience we became the closest friends. My father is Yup’ik, native to Alaska, my mother has Danish heritage. Three nationalities during JSEP, and yet Yup’ik and Greenlandic are a part of the Northern Nations, Greenland and Denmark had shared history, and a family from Denmark had made it to Alaska.

 

Strangers appear, yet faces where known-

Exploration of Blackridge on the first day, ties where formed-

Though words where said, no ideas where thrown.

Lectures where given, field work was done-

Geology, Glaciology, Biology, and Math.

Busy days well spent – The last day at Kanger had went.

Sitting here at Summit, the beginning of the end.

 

– Eldred Anthony, Team Umimmak

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