Hans Egede Statue in Nuuk, Kalaallit Nunaat
By Jade •
The vandalism of the Hans Egede statue in June 2020, and subsequent discussions surrounding the suitability of its positioning upon a mountaintop in Nuuk, catalysed debate over the colonial past, present, and future of Greenland, known to its indigenous population as Kalaallit Nunaat. Following a community-based political debate and vote, it was decided that the statue should remain in place. However, this case presents an example of the ways in which global debates become localised within significant sites and how this process can rekindle and amplify existing socio-political tensions.
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