Maine to Greenland

Maine to Greenland book

Book was released by Smithsonian Books in US and Canada in August 2014.

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The Arctic Circle is nonprofit and nonpartisan. Organizations, forums, think tanks, corporations and public associations around the world are invited to hold meetings within the Arctic Circle platform to advance their own missions and the broader goal of increasing collaborative decision-making without surrendering their institutional independence.
Organized by Dana Eidsness, Director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), the Maine delegation of approximately 50 academics, researchers, business people, law firms, and local and state officials attended the three day- conference in Harpa Convention Center in Reykjavik. Maine’ s senior representative was Senator Angus King.







On October 16, Eimskip of Reykjavik, a shipping company, which recently moved its American operations to Portland from Norfolk, Virginia, conducted a tour of the Iceland Ocean Cluster House. Of particular interest was the wide array of products which are now being derived from fish, such as clothing. There followed a reception.
Of particular interest was the wide array of products which are now being derived from fish, such as clothing. There followed a reception.
Later that evening, Pierce Atwood hosted a superb dinner at the Torfan Restaurant.
There followed “The US Arctic Circle Reception” at the U.S. Embassy, hosted by the Ambassador of the United States of America, Robert Cushman Barber.

Uummannaq Polar Institute of Uummannaq, Greenland, presents Break Out Session: Climate and Cultural Change Above the Arctic Circle at Arctic Circle Assembly at Arctic Circle Assembly

Session Scope and Aims

Climate change in the Arctic stretches from Greenland to Russia, from the seal hunters of Greenland to the reindeer herders of Siberia. Hunters and herders claim that the most important consequence of climate change is not warmer temperatures; rather, it is the increasingly erratic nature of the weather. Humans who live in the Arctic seek new cultural knowledge with which to cope in new climate circumstances.

Speaker Bios

Wilfred Richard served as session moderator. He is an UPI Research Fellow and a US Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Arctic Studies Center Research Associate.

Ann Andreasen is Director of the Greenland government-sponsored Uummannaq Polar Institute and Børnehjemmet, the widely respected Uummannaq Children’s Home. Ms. Andreasen has created and developed educational and therapeutic activities deeply rooted in Arctic nature and local Greenlandic Inuit culture She presented a short film on the “The Face of Climate Change” with her commentary. Ann has, herself, become the “face of change”.

Jean-Michel Huctin is Anthropologist at the Arctic center CEARC of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. He is co-editor of the international collective book Greenland, Climate, Ecology, Society.  He is co-writer and co-producer of the Greenlandic feature film Inuk, and co-founder of the Uummannaq Polar Institute where he has engaged in activities with local youth. Through his many years of close work with UPI, Jean-Michel spoke on collaborative science: how this local community, young people, and research teams can benefit from each other. William Gasperini, a longtime Russian-speaking journalist of the Russian Arctic, has focused on nomadic reindeer herders, culminating in the National Geographic film "The Journey of the Nenets", part of a series of great nomadic journeys of the world. Bill commented that the timeline for the reindeer annual migration has been moving earlier as temperature on the tundra now rises a lot sooner,  commented on the impact of climate change on the lifestyle of the Nenets, who are forced to alter their movements because of faster melting ice. 

René Kristensen was trained as a social educator at Hovedstadens Pædagogseminarium in Copenhagen, Denmark, graduating in 2001. In 2002, he became permanent resident of Greenland at which time he began his career with the Uummannaq Children’s Home, specializing in outdoor activities of hiking, hunting, fishing, and dog sledging. At the Children’s Home, he is Social Educator and Project Leader and Staff Person to UPI.. René’s focus with much of his time on the ice, seas, and lands of Greenland was climate change and cultural consequences.

Ludvig Hammeken was raised in Greenland where he participated in the first cultural and educational activities of the Uummannaq Polar Institute. Ludvig graduated with a Master’s Degree in Arctic Studies from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. He spoke on “Climate Change and Business in the Arctic”.
Former Greenland Prime Minister Kuupik Kleist  posed with some of the delegation from Uummannaq.
Unartok “kind face”  Jakob Løvstrom with some of the boys from Uummannaq.
The Uummannaq Children’s Choir presents one of their numerous performances at Arctic Circle Assembly.