Amazing story of how “Inuits” from the Arctic discovered the Canaries
What would a person who lives in the Arctic in such freezing conditions think of the scorching sunshine of the Canary Islands?
The answers will be revealed in a fascinating documentary which is being made following the stay of eleven “Inuits” in the archipelago. This is the name given to the inhabitants of Greeland, Alaska and Canada.
Between May 14th and May 22nd as part of an athropolo-gical project, eleven villagers from the isolated town of Kulusuk transferred their lives to Gran Canaria. Aged between one and 64, it was the first time they had even left their country, let alone set eyes on a very different place like the Canaries.
Kulusuk is in the region of Tunu in east Greenland which has just 300 residents. They live under extremely difficult conditions and customs that have hardly changed over time.
Francesc Bailón, the only Spanish anthropologist specialising in the study of the Inuits in Greenland said it was a unique and unprecedented experience.
They saw a beach for the first time, swam in the ocean, sheltered under a palm tree and sat in the sun, all totally new experiences, let alone everything else associated with the Canaries and modern day life.
The results will form a documentary called “The smile of the sun” which will reflect the emotions and reactions of the Inuits. It is being directed by Guillermo Cascante, one of the best producers specialising in the Polar regions. The film will last 30 minutes and will be made for TV and other media.
The venture is being supported by Canary Tourism because it is interested in reaching people from all over the world.
Although the group was based on Gran Canaria, visits were made to the other islands. The eleven included hunters and fishermen.