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Akunnat is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland

Akunnat is a former community in southern Greenland on the island of Akonemiok[1] or Qeqertarsuatsiaat,[2][3] 3 miles (4.8 km) from the trading post of Fisher's Inlet (Danish: Fiskernæsset, the modern settlement of Qeqertarsuatsiaat).

The Herrnhut mission station Lichtenfels (c.1900)

The settlement was founded as the Moravian mission of Lichtenfels (variously translated from the German as "Light Rock",[1] "Light of the Rock",[4] or "Rock of Light"[5]) by Matthias Stach, the brothers Jens and Peter Haven,[6] and four Inuit families in 1748,[7] 1754,[1] 1757,[6] or 1758.[8] Following the first conversions in 1760[8] or 1761,[6] the population of the settlement rose to around 300.[8] The mission was surrendered to the Lutheran Church of Denmark in 1900.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Cranz, David & al. The History of Greenland: including an account of the mission carried on by the United Brethren in that country. Longman, 1820.
  2. ^ Del, Anden. "Grønland som del af den bibelske fortælling – en 1700-tals studie Archived 2012-07-15 at the Wayback Machine." ["Greenland as Part of the Biblical Narrative – a Study of the 18th-Century"]. (in Danish)
  3. ^ Also given as Kikertarsocitsiak in Brewster, David. "Greenland". The Edinburgh Encyclopedia, Vol 10. J. & E. Parker, 1832.
  4. ^ Brightwell, Cecilia Lucy. Romance of modern missions. The Religious Tract Society, 1870.
  5. ^ Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Gospel in All Lands. A.D.F. Randolph, 1885.
  6. ^ a b c American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. "Biography: Life of Matthew Stach". The Missionary Herald, #19. Samuel T. Armstrong, 1823.
  7. ^ Lüdecke, Cornelia. "East Meets West: Meteorological observations of the Moravians in Greenland and Labrador since the 18th century". History of Meteorology 2, 2005.
  8. ^ a b c "Mission in Greenland". The Christian Library: Comprising a Series of Standard Works in Religious Literature. Key & Biddle, 1833.
  9. ^ Wittman, P. "Greenland". The Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Co. (New York), 1909. Accessed 28 Apr 2012.

Coordinates: 63°03′00″N 50°24′36″W / 63.05000°N 50.41000°W / 63.05000; -50.41000