We’re a team of many Greenlanders and some Europeans
Tunumiit, the east Greenlandic people, live hidden behind: „tunumi“. Some 3000 people live behind the up to 3km thick ice shield, along the 20.000km long but only few kilometre-narrow ice free coastal strip, between inland ice and arctic ocean, on the east coast of Greenland. It is a wild zone shaped by ice, water and wind. One who wants to feel how the bizarre environment fires our imagination and being – and grounds it at the same time – may do so when visiting Tasiilaq “at the still fjord”.
Here the smile is presented and received as universal interpersonal understanding. The rugged nature doesn’t allow for linguistic misunderstandings, indolence or rigid perspectives. The visitor gets to experience, to participate, and to share in wonderment, but only if he’s willing to accept that there is another reality than the well-known one. In time, he may even begin to understand why there is no word for “future” in the Tunumiisu language.
We – the Red House Team – mediate with much joy the differences and similarities of the Greenlandic and European lifestyles with all their facets. Thus we like to contribute to intercultural understanding and acceptance to the good of both cultures in a rapidly changing modern society.
Since the founding of the house almost 30 years ago, the team has grown to some 70 local employees and provides a secured income to a significant portion of the population of Tasiilaq. It also provides them with new perspectives and a deep sense of appreciation.
You,our guests, make it possible, and that’s what we’re proud of.
Our team is on duty all year round: in winter the snow rules daily life, in summer the well trained boat guides are on tour in the fjords and arctic ocean to show our guests the giant ice bergs and awesome glacier fronts.
Lively Inuit culture in The Red House
The evenings when Anda Kuitse performs the drum dance are unique moments of cultural community.
The beginnings of The Red House in Tasiilaq. Over the years it has been expanded several times.