Anderson and Nuttall - Chapter 03
As the discussions about the generalities and particularities of local
knowledge pervade the academic and indigenous communities, one is
increasingly struck by the question: Why has indigenous knowledge
never become an issue in Europe and Greenland in the way that it has
in North America? (Dybbroe 1999: 14). Although Greenland is an Arctic
Inuit community, its history is closely related to Danish colonial
policy which sets it distinctly apart from the North American Arctic.
An analysis of institutional, cultural and social differences between
Greenland and the North American Arctic may provide answers to the
above question as well as broaden the discussion of local knowledge in
general. The striking differences between Greenland and other Arctic
communities with respect to political development, and the role of
leaders and the perceptions of community integrity, complicate simple
generalisations about local knowledge in the Arctic.