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The Inughuit tribe of Northern Greenland

Inughuit people of Greenland

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The Inughuit tribe of Northern Greenland live where temperatures can plummet to minus 40 degrees celsius, where winter darkness prevails 24 hours a day, and the diet consists of walrus and whale blubber.

However their way of life is threatened by the influence of the outside world and by the effects of climate change.

A British anthropologist is currently spending a year living in the 800-strong community of Qaanaaq, 1000 miles North of Greenland's capital Nuuk.

Dr Stephen Pax Leonard's main aim is to document the rapidly disappearing culture and language of the tribe.

But as global leaders meet at the climate change conference in Cancun this week, Dr Leonard is also recording the disastrous impact that climate change is having on one of the smallest surviving indigenous groups in the world.

Outlook's Matthew Bannister spoke to Stephen from his new home in Qaanaaq and asked him all about his living conditions.

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