Greenlandic culture and lifestyle have changed like any other place on earth. We are keeping up with the changes, but still are we very proud of who we are and keeping or/and adapting many things from our culture, lifestyle, fashion etc.
Above you see what my ancestors used for transportation during summer. The men would go on a qajaq (kayak), while the women and the children went with the big Umiak.
The Greenlandic qajaq weighed about 26 pounds (12 kg), were 18-20 feet (5.5-6 m) long and 20 inches (51 cm) wide.
Seal skins were stripped of hair, dried and used as a frame.
Today we still see some real qajaqs around but many have started to use modern kayaks made of fiberglass. But still, the enjoyment being on the water is in the people even though it might be for fun and not for hunting :-)
And for the boats, they have only got bigger and bigger. We have many cruises coming by during the summer from around the world, but for transportation, there is a ferry that sailes along the west coast. (The picture belove) Many locals visit their families through this transportation, because there isn´t any roads connecting the towns. So either you go by flight or boat.
The picture below is an evening cruise with tourists, but this boat sails also in the disco bay from town to another and from village to village. Some transportation is bigger, some smaller, depending on the season and the area in Greenland they sail in.