All is ready for departure
Kristian arrives on the rocks at water hedge. Behind him, his young nephew Intalik is following him Iike a shadow. With the small speed boat Lars comes and gets them. The 5 tons anchored boat is a Iittle further away. Lars and Karl have prepared the boat. All is ready for departure.
Uummannaq is known as a sealing district but the sideline of fishing is becoming more and more important. Halibut and Cod once only used for dog food or to feed the very poor who could not hunt, has now become the most important income earning.
Kristian knows the number of tons of fish he has to catch to afford his house and family needs and he seriously goes and gets it. In the village people say there are not very many fishing man as serious has Kristian. Too many like drinking it is said.
The crew accompanied by a young nephew of twelve leave the port heading across the fjord towards Saattut 26 km away. Kristian knows we II the waters there. Saattut is where he was born and lived in one of traditional stone and pit house. Beside being a seal hunter he became a self-made carpenter. After he married Regina he Iived with her parents then rented an old house.
It is Regina that pushed Kristian to moved to Uummannak and buiIt there the famiIy’s first modern home. In the 1960’s electricity became first available there and Iittle after piped water was available in summer. Then in the 70’s they finally had full piped water all year round and did not have to walk to the lake and break the ice for water in winter. For all this Regina preferred to Iived in Uummannak and also to be around 1,300 people where she found more friends then with the 200 population of Staattut.
Kristian preferred his traditional and he shortly moved back to Saattut in the old house and went hunting and fishing. In 1978 he finally bought a boat and became a fishermen. One year later, Greenland was getting homerule from Denmark and a fish factory was built in Uummannaq. Income other then sea I had to be generated and it was not ease to make the changes from hunter to fishermen. As fishing was mostly done to assure dog food, the first real fishermen were laugh at until it became evident that the income was better then hunting and that with money things could be acquired. Kristian moved back to Uummannak.