As the main supply center for 500 miles in any direction, the general store in Ittoqqortoormiit, the bigger village (pop. 550) across the bay from Cap Hope, sells everything from guns to butter. Although such stores sell seal, musk ox, and other Arctic meats, most Greenlander families still obtain their meat from hunting. Hunting to feed the family is Emil Madsen's lifelong pursuit; taught to him by his father. Too fill his family's larder, Emil is often gone for a week or more. Not surprisingly, prices in the general store are high, but the Danish government heavily subsidizes Greenlanders' incomes to the tune of $6,786 per person in 1999, the latest year for which statistics are available. Geopolitically, Greenland is part of Denmark, hence the close ties of the people and the cross-immigration. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (p. 153).
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