Photo project

QIMMEQ

Greenland holds the Arctic’s largest remaining sled dog population and a globally unique traditional dog sled culture. But both the sled dog and the culture that goes with it are threatened by extinction. The dog population has been reduced from 31.000 dogs twenty years ago to a present low of less than 15.000 and the situation is growing worse. Decreasing sea-ice cover due to climate warming and competition from snowmobiles is hold responsible for the present alarming situation.

The sled dog and its cultural history thus presents itself as an excellent and timely object for an interdisciplinary survey where anthropology, archaeology, genetics, and biology are integrated to provide a holistic, comprehensive and detailed picture of its history, role and importance. Due to its character and fame the sled dog will also provide an excellent platform for the engagement of the public and schools using web-portal, film, still photography, exhibits, and events as venues.

The six most important goals of the Qimmeq Project

  1. Collect and research knowledge about the Greenland sled dog, its genetics and culture history

  2. Encourage, create and sustain interest and pride in the sled dogs and the surrounding culture and thus help sustain a viable sled dog culture for the future.

  3. Help secure a genetically healthy dog population.

  4. Share knowledge and research results, develop communication tools, and disseminate results within the Greenlandic and the arctic community, and globally.

  5. Full fill the goals of Greenland Perspective.

  6. Be a role model for future research projects beyond the Qimmeq project.

Heavy snow
Heavy snow

Black sled dog in heavy snow, June, Siorapaluk. © Carsten Egevang

Controlling the dogs
Controlling the dogs

Scoresbysund, April. © Carsten Egevang

Shake it off
Shake it off

A Greenland sled dog shakes off the snow after have rested for some time. © Carsten Egevang

Powerful animals
Powerful animals

The Greenland sled dog has amazing strength when it comes to pulling the sled. © Carsten Egevang

Paws in the snow
Paws in the snow

Greenland sled dogs. © Carsten Egevang

On top of the ice
On top of the ice

Greenland sled dogs on top of a miniature iceberg in the sea ice. © Carsten Egevang

Contact
Contact

© Carsten Egevang

A short break
A short break

Sled dogs have a sort pause on the journey. Scoresbysund, Greenland. © Carsten Egevang

Look into the lens.
Look into the lens.

Sled dogs, Qaanaaq, Thule area, Greenland. © Carsten Egevang

Alert sled dog
Alert sled dog

April, Scoresbysund. © Carsten Egevang

Sleeping beauty
Sleeping beauty

The Greenland sled dog stays outside all year around and can withstand the most extreme temperatures. © Carsten Egevang

On the sea ice
On the sea ice

Local hunter looking for seals on the sea ice off Scoresbysund, Northeast Greenland. © Carsten Egevang

Pulling the boat
Pulling the boat

Sled dogs used for pulling a boat from land to the ice edge. © Carsten Egevang

Sled dogs, Ilulissat.
Sled dogs, Ilulissat.

© Carsten Egevang

Latenight sled dog
Latenight sled dog

Sisimiut, West Greenland

Mother with cubs
Mother with cubs

Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund). © Carsten Egevang

Cracks in the ice
Cracks in the ice

In the Springtime crack will appear in the sea ice making sleding difficult. © Carsten Egevang

Mating in the storm
Mating in the storm

© Carsten Egevang

Greenland sled dog
Greenland sled dog

© Carsten Egevang

Sled dog in icy landscape
Sled dog in icy landscape

© Carsten Egevang

Dogs in white out
Dogs in white out

Greenland sled dogs caught in a snow storm during long travel. © Carsten Egevang

Howl at the sky
Howl at the sky

Sisimiut, November.

Seal hunting
Seal hunting

The Greenland sled dog is used in hunting. © Carsten Egevang

Dogs in snow storm
Dogs in snow storm

The Greenland snow dog can cope with the most extreme weather conditions. © Carsten Egevang

Half Wild - half tamed
Half Wild - half tamed

The Greenland sled dog is semi-wild and not to be patted. © Carsten Egevang

Portrait
Portrait

Greenland sled dog. © Carsten Egevang

Sisimiut sled dogs
Sisimiut sled dogs

November.

Pulling together
Pulling together

The dogs weigh only between 30 and 40 kg each – but when the pulled together they can carry amazing loads. © Carsten Egevang

Greenland sled dog
Greenland sled dog

© Carsten Egevang

Sled Dog
Sled Dog

Siorapaluk. © Carsten Egevang