About the Project

It started with a word…

When I found out that I would be going to Greenland I knew I wanted to learn the language. I realized quickly that this would be challenging for an English speaker. Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) is a language spoken by few people, about 57,000.

This website doesn’t exist to teach Kalaallisut but more as a documentation of my learning process. My hope is that it becomes an online space that showcases images + words + stories. 

‘Aluu’ is a project to showcase the beauty of the Kalaallisut language and culture.

I look forward to (trying to) understand language, as lived by the Inuit – to learn about their livelihood and rich intangible and tangible heritage that compels me as much as the natural landscape. I believe that the importance of a language manifests in the essence of humanity. We exist to communicate with others – to share how we feel and understand the world around us.

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I will be confronted with the expansive beauty of the Arctic and the reality of the dire situation that it continues to face – every year the ice is losing more mass than is being created. Climate change is a human issue that must transcend economics and politics. This is also a project to bring awareness to the reality of the change that is happening locally and globally.

Travel, like learning a new language, has allowed me to expand my worldview and learn about a culture. ‘Aluu’ is a journey to bridge images and words that are inspired by place. Read the stories here.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela