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Greenlandic architecture I 2/2

Separately and also together, the four attractive and interesting new stamps provide insight into the architecture and its development in Greenland. Then and now.

The two stamps show styles of housing that were used in Greenland before colonization began in 1721.

WINTER HOUSE:

Winter house, as illustrated, is a long house where several families lived together. The houses ranged in size with a width of about 5 meters and a length from 8 to 20 meters, depending on how many families lived within each house. The thick walls of the houses were built of stone and peat, the roofs were made of driftwood or whale bone, on which was put waterproof skins and then insulated with peat.

SUMMER TENT:

In spring the families packed all their utensils and tools and sailed in umiaks (women´s boats) and kayaks for the summer settlements, where there was good fishing. In the summer settlement families often had their own tent. Tent poles were made of driftwood and the tent of sealskin.

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