The KHS has produced a new guide for incoming researchers to Iqaluktuuttiaq. This guide explores the history of the area and research in the North, in addition to statements on how researchers should access Inuit knowledge and interact with our community. Find out more about this project in this article by Jane George of Nunatsiaq News about the work the Kitikmeot Heritage Society has been doing with POLAR Knowledge Canada and the new Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS).
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society’s Brendan Griebel recently wrote an article which is featured in this months Above & Beyond Magazine on the 5th Thule Atlas. The article can be read on pages 46-47 of this issue.
Brendan Griebel, Darren Keith and Pam Gross of the KHS presented a co-authored paper on the 5th Thule Atlas at the Canadian Archaeological Association’s annual meeting in Whitehorse. Our paper will be posted in the research section of this website.
NHL Alumni Lanny McDonald and Mark Napier came to Cambridge Bay with the Stanley Cup on a part of their tour called Project North. We were lucky to have them come into the facility and do an interview about the tour. Tune in as it will soon be aired on hockey night in Canada!
The KHS is excited to hear the news that their arts proposal to create a 3 piece wall hanging for the new CHARS facility has been accepted. The wallhangings have the common theme of a ‘stitch in time,’ and will portray the past, present and future of Iqaluktuuttiaq. More about CHARS arts program can be read in this article.
A new article has been published in Nunatsiaq News about the Kitikmeot Heritage Society’s Fifth Thule Atlas. Click here to access this great piece of writing.
An article was just posted on CBC about the creation of the 5th Thule Atlas. Visit it here.
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society officially launched the Fifth Thule Atlas today (www.thuleatlas.org), a digital platform that compiles ethnographic information collected by early Arctic explorers and returns it to descendant Inuit populations before it is lost. The atlas is a novel approach to cybercartography, combining various forms of geo-located knowledge to map Inuit stories, artifacts and place names. It has been specifically designed to accommodate Inuit approaches to learning, storing and disseminating cultural knowledge. The framework has lower bandwidth requirements to ensure accessibility in northern and remote communities. More information about the project is included below, and please feel free to get in touch with us to let us know what you think!
Between 1921 and 1924, a Danish expedition led by Inuktitut-speaking anthropologist Knud Rasmussen completed the first comprehensive recording of traditional Inuit societies in Canada during the fifth Thule expedition. As Rasmussen’s team travelled by dogsled between Greenland and Alaska, they collected vast amounts of oral traditions, place names, linguistic information, Inuit-drawn maps, photographs and ethnographic objects, using this information to theorize on the origins of Inuit and document what they recognized as a rapidly disappearing traditional lifestyle. While a select amount of this information was published, the bulk of ethnographic objects, field notes and expedition records remain unseen and stored in Danish archives and museum collections.
This project was initiated by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society. In partnership with Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) and the National Museum of Denmark, the group developed the digital knowledge bank. Using GCRC’s Nunaliit framework, the atlas allows users to navigate Inuit knowledge through intertwined approaches: physical space, written reports, multimedia images and video.
The first phase of work on the atlas is now complete, but this is just the beginning. It has been designed to showcase knowledge related to the Copper Inuit of the Central Arctic, one of four regional Inuit groups encountered by Rasmussen’s expedition. Over the coming years, the Atlas will grow to incorporate additional regional Inuit groups and a range of media, including 3D artifact scans, photospheres and digitized drawings, maps and field notes currently stored in archives throughout Denmark.
This project was supported by Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The Kitikmeot Heritage Society was featured in the National Film Board’s (NFB) Blog in an article called ‘Inuit Culture, Living History.’ Pamela Gross and Brendan Griebel of the KHS were significant contributors to the organization’s educational curriculum titled Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories collection. Visit the blog entry here or connect directly to the Unikkausivut educational collection.