The Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society has been developing digital applications for the preservation and transmission of Inuinnait knowledge for over a decade. Our initiatives are concerned with making the knowledge recorded during Inuinnait research projects available, and digitally returning the Inuinnait knowledge stored in institutional collections around the world.
Over the last decade, we have worked in partnership with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University to produce a series of Inuit Knowledge Atlases. These digital atlases are designed to facilitate transmission and preservation of traditional knowledge in Inuit communities. They are built with a flexible open-source platform called Nunaliit and are designed specifically for use in the North. These platforms are an experiment in designing new ways for Inuit to access and gain ownership of cultural, historical and geographical knowledge through a range of media formats.
Visit our multiple knowledge atlases by clicking on the icons below:
THE INUIT PLACE NAMES ATLAS
The Inuit Place Names Atlas crowdsources traditional place names from multiple communities across Nunavut. It allows users to navigate place names alongside audio, video and photosphere documentation of the locations. Users can suggest edits and modifications to existing place names, as well as contribute information of their own.
THE FIFTH THULE EXPEDITION ATLAS
Between 1921-24, the Danish 5th Thule Expedition travelled across the Canadian Arctic to document the culture, language, stories, songs, and material objects of the Inuit who lived there. This Atlas provides access to the documents, photos and objects collected by the Expedition in order to facilitate the revitalization of the Inuit knowledge that they contain.
The Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.
THE KITIKMEOT PLACE NAME ATLAS
This interactive Atlas allows users to navigate the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut and learn about the traditional Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun place names for its geographic features. The Atlas was developed based on interviews with Elders and hunters in the Kitikmeot communities of Kugaaruk, Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk.
INUINNAQTUN DOCUMENTATION TOOL
In partnership with Dr. Kumiko Murasugi, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, the PI/KHS has developed an online tool where specialists can collaborate by entering vocabulary as well as related multimedia.