Experience traditional Inuit drum dancing | Tasiilaq | East Greenland

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Duration:
30 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy
Languages:
English, Danish
Available:
Jul. - Aug.

See and listen to a local performer do a traditional drum dance. A drum dance is an Inuit form of art and music that has been around for at least the past 4500 years. It was performed in many types such as entertainment, spiritual ceremonies and to solve interpersonal conflicts.

The drum, made up of either bones or wood would usually have the stomach skin of a polar bear, but is now more varied and differs in shape and size depending on where in Greenland you go.

When the missionaries came in the 18th century, drum dancing and singing were seen as heathen activities and were suppressed over the following years resulting in a near complete loss of it in western Greenland.

This tradition has lasted more strongly in the North and East coast and so most of what we know has come from these regions. Although there are few performers left, a dedicated effort to revive this tradition has helped, such as through seminars and funding for performers to teach their skills of making drums and performing the songs in schools.

The drum dance today is mostly performed at certain events such as festivals, and special religious or church events, and is even used to start sessions in the Greenlandic Parliament.

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Perfomance by a local drum dancer

Activities

Greenlandic Culture

Attractions

Tasiilaq

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