Sustainable hunting in the Arctic

Siorapaluk is a small village on the coast of Greenland and it's the most northerly native settlement on the planet. Every summer, millions of birds called Little Auks migrate to the cliffs of Siorapaluk. Following ancient traditions local residents capture the auks right out of the sky using nets made out of sinew and driftwood. But they won’t eat them now, following ancient traditions local men bury the Little Auks underground, as this provides them with a nutritious food supply for the winter. Created especially for Class Clips from the BBC series Human Planet, first broadcast in January 2011.

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