18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Asiajuk teaches me how to drive the sleigh.

Siorapaluk is the northernmost village of Greenland, and of the planet. Forty people live there, most of them hunters and families. In Siorapaluk, hunting is still the main occupation. Life is communal and based on sharing and mutual aid, harmonious with nature. Proud of their culture residents try to keep their lifestyle alive, as it stays threatened by the Western world : global warming, melting ice, natural disasters, Pollution. Government adopted a policy of closing small villages to gather the population in big city. My neighbors warmly welcomed me into their family and bright universe. Asiajuk teaches me how to drive the sleigh on the ice floes. He is the son of Nukagpianguak and Patdloq Hendriksen. The couple moved to Qaanaaq but quite often come to Siorapaluk to visit their 3 sons Asiajuk, Ilannguaq and Uumaaq, my neighbors.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Siorapaluk, Greenland
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © camille michel