The Lands of the Bear and Those who have Shared Them
Chapter One of my book Go Greenland
THE word Arctic comes from ancient Greek. It means the lands and seas ‘of the bear’, meaning that they lie under the northern polar constellation of Ursa Major, the Great Bear.
But the Arctic is full of living bears, too: of polar bears, and grizzly-type bears. So perhaps when we speak of the part of the world that belongs to the bear, that has a double significance.