International symposium with participants from Russia, USA, Canada and Greenland.

December 3th (Saturday) 2016
December 4th (Sunday) 2016

The Inuit dog sled in past, present and future. When does the dog sled appear for the first time in Inuit myths, what are the circumstances for Inuit dog mushers today, and how do we develop dog sledding culture to last into the future?

Symposium is held at Taseralik, The Cultural Centre in Sisimiut, Greenland.


Participants/presenters (will be continuously updated. Minor changes in subjects may occur):

Canadian flagWade Davis

Toronto, Canada
Anthropologist, writer, photographer
The passing on of meaningful skills from elders to young

Danish flagBirgitte Sonne

Københavns Universitet, Institut for Tværkulturelle Studier
The dog and dog sled in Inuit myths

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Daria Schwalbe

Institution not yet clear
Comparative analysis of specific language concerning the dog-sled and dog-sledding in Inuit languages

Danish flag

To be announced

Daneborg, North East Greenland
Sirius Sled Patrol
The specific technological development of the dog sled used at Sirius, a special military unit operating in the High Arctic


David Møller

Qeqqata Municipality, Sisimiut
Dog inspector
Why has the number of Inuit dogs in Qeqqata Municipality fallen so dramatically over the past decade?

glDines Mikaelsen

Ammasalik, East Greenland
Outfitter and dog musher at Dines Tours
How to make value of traditional knowledge in todays’ business

Greenlandic flagManumina Lund Jensen

Nuuk, Greenland
Inspector, Greenland National Museum and Archives
The dog sled as an innovative development in Inuit culture

Greenlandic flagTo be announced

Nuuk, Greenland
Visit Greenland, product developer
The dog sled as a means of income and valuable branding tool

To be announced

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Mikkel Sinding

Copenhagen, Denmark
Museum of Natural History, biologist
The genetic relation between the Inuit sleddog and the Arctic wolf

Russian flagTo be announced

US flagTo be announced