If you know the language, you can understand the culture better. Indeed.

According to Greenland, published by Branding Greenland Group, “art in the form of purely decorative objects was more or less absent from the old Inuit society” of Greenland.

No wonder the definition of art, or eqqumiitsuliorneq, in Greenlandic is as follows:

something strange which has been made

I looked up Korean, English, and Spanish dictionaries to see how they define the word art. All of them referred it as something beautiful, and the definition is usually much longer.

For example, Oxford Dictionary defines art as follows:

“the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”

On the other hand, Greenlandic has over 40 words to describe ice. It’s not surprising at all, considering that about 80% of the country is covered with ice and people go ice-hunting to the beach to get the ice for parties or simply to get drinking water out of it. Some words are:

Siku Ice Sikuaq Thin ice
Sikurluk Melting ice Sikuliaq New ice
Sermersuaq Inland ice Seersinneq Swollen ice
Sikorsuit Massive ice Kassoq Bluish ice fragment

I’m still not sure how swollen ice exactly looks like though.


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