Kangeq, ca. 1890
|State||Kingdom of Denmark|
|First settled||before 1000 CE|
Kangeq or Kangek (Kalaallisut: "Promontory") is a former settlement in the Sermersooq municipality in southwestern Greenland. It is located on the same island that formed the first Danish colony on Greenland between 1721 and 1728.
The more recent settlement was a traditional fishing village, before its abandonment in 1973.
As a coastal settlement, Kangeq was positioned on the migration route of the ancient Inuit peoples. Archeological finds from the Dorset culture era have been found near Kangeq. The Dorset people had vanished from the Nuuk region prior to 1000 CE.
Since the arrival of the Thule people who settled here permanently, Kangeq was a traditional Inuit coastal village, not dissimilar to Atammik and Napasoq in the north, just beyond the border with the Qeqqata municipality.
The island of Kangeq, dubbed Haabets Oe ("Island of Hope"), formed the site of Hans Egede's first settlement in Greenland after his landing on July 3, 1721. The settlement was relocated to the mainland by Major Claus Paarss in 1728.
Today the ruins of Kangeq are sometimes visited by historically oriented tourists. In 2009, the old houses of Kangeq were used as a backdrop for the Eksperimentet film, with the settlement emulating the look of Nuuk in 1952, before the city center was peppered with communal apartment blocks in the 1960s, forever changing the character of the town.
Former notable residents
- Aron of Kangeq, painter and oral historian
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kangeq.|
- "Human History". Nuuk Tourism. Retrieved 15 July 2010.[dead link]
- Saabye, Hans Egede. Greenland: Being Extracts from a Journal Kept in That Country in the Years 1770 to 1778. Boosey & Sons (London), 1818.
- "Suluk 2007 No.2" (PDF). Air Greenland. Retrieved 15 July 2010.[dead link]
- "A sailing adventure to the abandoned fishing village of Kangeq". The Fourth Continent. Retrieved August 2013.
- "Kangeq med i film". Sermitsiaq (in Danish). 21 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2010.[dead link]