19th May 2023 at 4pm in the Huntingdon room in Kings Manor.

Join us for our first seminar in the HGC Seminar Series, “Colonial Encounters: continuity and change in the meeting between Inuit and the Moravian Brethren in Colonial Greenland”.
The talk is on 19th May 2023 at 4pm in the Huntingdon room in King’s Manor and will be given by Kirstine Møller. See below for more information.

The Moravian Brethren, also known as the Unitas Fratrum, began their missionisation in the Eastern Arctic in 1733 with Neu Herrnhut in West Greenland. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the Moravian Brethren founded 13 mission stations among Inuit, five in Greenland and eight in Labrador. During this period, Greenland was a Danish colony and under strict regulations. In Labrador, the British offered large land grants and freedoms to evangelise and trade with Inuit to the Moravians.

The different circumstances for the missions highly impacted the trajectory of the Moravianpresence in the Eastern Arctic. In 1900, the Moravians left Greenland under claims of financial stress and that the last Kalaaleq Inuk had been baptised. In Labrador, however, the last missionary was called home in 2005.

In my research, I investigate the cultural encounters between Inuit and the Moravian Brethren in the period 1733-1900 at Neu Herrnhut. I analyse how the different circumstances for the missions affected Greenland’s cultural encounters compared to Labrador. I rely on archival material and archaeological excavations to inform my analyses of Inuit agency and subtle resistance to the colonial