(ENG) The house of Henrik Lund.
(DK) Henrik Lunds hus.
Copyright: Narsaq Museum.
Despite initial resistance, Christianity had come to stay in Greenland, and in 1905 it was decided in Denmark that the island no longer required any missionaries, as the Christian faith had grown such deep roots in Inuit society. This success cannot
be attributed solely to Hans Egede and his often ineffective methods. Other important figures appeared on the scene, such as the great Greenlandic theologian Henrik Lund (born in 1875 in Nanortalik, died in Narsaq in 1948). Lund had been a pastor on the East
Coast of Greenland until he arrived in Narsaq in 1918, where he settled down together with his wife, Marlene. In 1914 he gained his call as a priest in Narsaq and in 1927 he and his son Dolfi build the little red house that where to become the home of the
Lunds. Throughout his life, Lund was a poet and a songwriter, and many of his works were of a distinctly patriotic character. For instance, he wrote one of Greenland's two national anthems, which includes the following lines:
can no longer resist the call,
Kalaallit, a greater destiny awaits us!
We yearn to live as a free people,
Have faith in your ability to rise up to the task!”
Aside from being a pastor,
poet and painter, Henrik Lund was politically active. As a member of the South Greenlandic Provincial Council, he had an advisory function in the colony. Lund was also a staunch advocate of freedom of religion and, in many ways, he played a very active role
in opposing the somewhat conservative pastors of the day.