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Disco Island!


Some spell it "Disko," the Inuit call it Qeqertarsuaq (Big Island). But there doesn't seem to be much nightlife on Disco Island. Activities include dog sledding and hiking. According to Henry Rink's Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo (1875), the Inuit weren't too fond of it back in the day and decided to move it with a thread of hair:

Off the southernmost part of Greenland an island was situated which some of the inhabitants of the mainland took a dislike to, because it cut them off from the open sea. Two old men got the idea of removing it by help of some magic lay. Their names were Nevingasilernak and Nivfigfarsuk; but another oldster, called Kiviaritajak, rather inclined to retain the island. The first two went in their kayaks to fasten a hair from the head of a little child to the outside, while the last from shore tried to keep it back by means of a thong of sealskin made fast to it. The two old kayakers then pushed off, chanting their spells and tugging the hair. At length the thong burst, and the island got afloat; and continually singing, they pulled away to the north, and placed it in front of Ilulissat. It is now Disco Island. The translation caused the bottom of the sea to rise all along where they travelled.

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