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Qasigiannguit Museum is a cultural-history local museum
The museum is housed in the oldest building of European origin in the village, which stems from the creation of the village as a colony in the first half of the 17th century.
The museum was opened in the beginning of the 1980’s in conjunction with the archaeological digging on the island of Qeqertasussuk south of Qasigiannguit. The museum was officially opened and approved as a local museum in 1984.
The museum was originally housed in the old telegrapher’s building B-8, but has since been expanded to multiple exhibition houses. The museum mainly works with Qasigiannguit, and surrounding areas, cultural history.
The museums exhibitions and activities shines a light on the Saqqaq-culture and the unique finds from the permafrozen excavation site on Qeqertasussuk, Qasigiannguits history and evolution and on local hunting and fishing with a special focus on the shrimp-fishing and production, which was the main catalyst of the industrialization-process from the 1950’s and onwards.
Furthermore, the museum exhibits male and female traditional clothing in the modern era.
A small exhibit about the arctic birds is also part of the museum as well as a activity-cart that teaches local geology.
Living Settlement Qasigiannguit is a dissemination program and a historical enlivening
‘Living Settlement Qasigiannguit’ is a dissemination program and a historical enlivening.
‘Living Settlement’ started as an idea presentation in the end of the 1990’s and was inspired by historical enlivening projects in Scandinavia.
A historical enlivening gives the modern man an opportunity to participate actively in a historical period through interactive hands-on information in both workshop and open air events.
‘Living Settlement’ works with, and provides information about everyday life in the summer concerning 16-17th century Disko Bay.
‘Living Settlement’ is professionally based in Qasigiannguits Museum.
Working with volunteers in Qasigiannguit a growing collection of garments and tools copied from the era are being created.
Through its dissemination of the past ‘Living Settlement’ offers a unique opportunity to participate actively in history for both kids and adults the year round.
Through the winter months, we offer training in old techniques from the Inuit culture in our workshop building B-18.
During summer the workshop is open and we facilitate historical enlivening in an open air setting, where volunteers re-enact the life on a summer settlement, either under an umiaq (traditional Inuit boat) or in a skin tent in the Disko Bay in the 16-17th century.
Associated to the ‘Living Settlement’ is a volunteer group called “AARNUAT” (the amulets).
The museums peat house is a reconstruction of a self-built house in peat and stone
The peat house was built in the 1990’s by young people from the village with the help of people from the older generation.
The peat house was built from memory in peat and stone with wood cladding on the inside walls.
The house has a porch entrance and a flat roof.
The peat house was given to the museum during a week of culture in Qasigiannguit in the summer of 1997.
The interior design shows a typical Greenlanders home in the period leading up to the Second World War – adapted with tiled stove and a large daybed.
The peat houses fixtures are a mix of older utensils mixed with more modern fixtures that comes as close to the originals as possible.
The house has an old stove, meant to be fired with coal.
On the daybed is modern duvets in modern covers but with old time colours.
Outside the peat house, there is a peat stack, a smoking oven and a kayak made of rocks to play on.
The peat house is located in beautiful surroundings just outside the village and is suitable for use by institutions, associations and for private arrangements.
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