4 The People
T. Ammitzbøll, S. Ry Andersen, H. P. Andersson, J. Bodenhoff, M. Eiken, B. Eriksen, N. Foged, M. Ghisler, A. Gotfredsen, H. E. Hansen, J. P. Hart Hansen, J. Jakobsen, J. Balslev Jørgensen, T. Kobayasi, N. Kromann, K. J. Lyberth, L. Lyneborg, F. Mikkelsen, J. Møhl, R. Møller, J. Myhre, P. O. Pedersen, J. U. Prause, O. Sebbesen, E. Svejgaard, D. D. Thompson, V. Frølund Thomsen and L. Vanggaard
The people of Qilakitsoq lived in a highly developed culture which was remarkably well suited to the arctic climate. What made it possible for them to exist in such a climate which is both cold and, for much of the year, dark, and which for centuries has often been regarded as impossible to survive in? It would be logical to presume that Inuit have a special natural ability to endure the cold, but this is not so.
Man’s adjustment to such conditions as cold can be described in terms of adaptation and acclimatisation. Adaptation refers to hereditary changes occurring in...