The Greenlandic elders Nukartaa, Atsaarsuaq Hansiina and Akkaaraq with Angaangaq at the international event »Greenlands Wisdom« in Munich.

The Greenlandic elders Nukaarta, Atsaarsuaq Hansiina and Akkaaraq with Angaangaq at the international event »Greenlands Wisdom« in Munich.

Atsaarsuaq Hansiina

SNieder_110526_316_webAAtsaarsuaq Hansiina is an Elder from Kalaalit Nunaat – Greenland. She was born in 1927 in to a family of Wisdom Keepers. ‘Atsaarsuaq’ is Greenlandic for great-aunt, and it is Hansiina’s desire to be great-aunt to the people of this world.

On July 17, 2009 Atsaarsuaq Hansiina led a group of women in gently cutting trees for the first time in thousands of years. Carrying the traditional woman’s knife they left the camp in silence. Joyfully they returned, bringing the wood back to the fire pit. Atsaarsuaq Hansiina poured burning oil from the traditinoal seal oil lamp over the wood, thereby igniting the Sacred Fire. Due to climate change trees are once again standing tall in Greenland. And so the Sacred Fire returned to the people at the top of the world – fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

In July 2010 Atsaarsuaq Hansiina travelled together with Akkaaraq and Angaangaq from the land of the Big Ice to the land of the Big Trees, Amazonia to bring the message of peace to the people of the jungle.


SNieder_110711_849_webAkkaaraq is a highly respected Elder and hunter from Greenland. He was born in 1931 in to a world that lived in unity with nature.

Akkaaraq grew up knowing the prophecy handed down orally for generations that: ‘One day, when the world needs it most the Sacred Fire will return to the people at the Top of the World.’ Akkaaraq never imagined that the prophecy would be fulfilled during his lifetime. In July 2009 he led the men in creating the base for the Sacred Fire with more than 200 bundles of ashes. These bundles had arrived in Greenland from Sacred Fires from all around the world.

In July 2010 Akkaaraq traveled with Atsaarsuaq Hansiina and Angaangaq to the land of the Big Trees, Amazonia. As ambassador from Greenland, the land of the Big Ice he brought the message of melting the ice in the heart of Man, a message from the land that has never known war. In 2016 Akkaaraq moved on to the next world.


SNieder_110711_751_webDespite his young appearance, Nukartaa belongs to the Greenlandic Elders. As a young man, Nukartaa travelled the oceans and later in his life, he educated prospective sailors how to navigate. He is the official Elder of the “Tuukkaq Circle”.