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SIKU: Knowing Our Ice

Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use

Krupnik, I., Aporta, C., Gearheard, S., Laidler, G.J., Kielsen Holm, L. (Eds.)

2010, XXXI, 501p.

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  • First-ever overview of indigenous knowledge of ice on a broad pan-Arctic scale Ice is changing rapidly and so is indigenous knowledge and use of sea ice Science of modern climate change is strengthened by use of local knowledge Comparative stories of ice use and knowledge across four Arctic nations Unique resource for anyone interested in indigenous visions of Arctic life
By exploring indigenous people’s knowledge and use of sea ice, the SIKU project has demonstrated the power of multiple perspectives and introduced a new field of interdisciplinary research, the study of social (socio-cultural) aspects of the natural world, or what we call the social life of sea ice. It incorporates local terminologies and classifications, place names, personal stories, teachings, safety rules, historic narratives, and explanations of the empirical and spiritual connections that people create with the natural world. In opening the social life of sea ice and the value of indigenous perspectives we make a novel contribution to IPY, to science, and to the public

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Arctic - Climate modeling - Global climate change - Indigenous knowledge - Polar geography - Polar studies - Sea ice - atlas - climate change

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Geography - Global Change - Climate Change - Linguistics - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Preface Foreword Volume Contributors List of Figures List of Tables Overview >Part 1 - RECORDING THE KNOWLEDGE: Inuit Observations of Ice, Climate and Change.- 2. Weather Variability and Changing Sea Ice Use in Qeqertaq, Northwest Greenland: 1987–2008 .- 3. Mapping Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge, Use, and Change in Nunavut, Canada (Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Pangnirtung).- 4. 'It’s Cold But Not Cold Enough': Observing Ice and Climate Change in Gambell, Alaska in IPY 2007–2008 and Beyond.- 5. Sea ice distribution and ice use by indigenous hunters on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska .- 6. Study of the Impacts of Climate Change in Greenland.- Part 2 - USING THE ICE: Indigenous Knowledge and Modern Technologies.- 7. The sea, the land, the coast and the winds: Understanding Inuit sea ice use in context.- 8. The Igliniit Project: Combining Inuit Knowledge and Geomatics Engineering to Develop a New Observation Tool for Hunters.- 9. Whaling Trails on Landfast Sea Ice at Barrow, Alaska .- 10. Creating an Online Cybercartographic Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use.- Part 3 – LEARNING, KNOWING, AND PRESERVING THE KNOWLEDGE.- 11. The Power of Multiple Perspectives on Sea Ice: Behind the Scenes of the Siku-Inuit-Hila Project.- 12. Learning as Doing, Being as Knowing about Sigu: An Iñupiaq Hunting Pedagogy of Experience in Shishmaref, Alaska.- 13. The Ice is Always Changing: Yup'ik Understandings of Sea Ice, Past and Present.- 14. Qaanuq Ilitaavut: How We Learned What We Know (Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary) (with Appendix).- Part 4 – SIKU and Siku: OPENING NEW PERSPECTIVES .- 15. Indigenous Knowledge and Sea Ice Science: What Can We Learn from Indigenous Users .- 16. Franz Boas and Inuktitut Terminology for Ice and Snow: From the Emergence of the Field to the ‘Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax’.- 17. On the Inuit Sea Ice Terminology in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut .- 18. Two Greenlandic Sea Ice Lists and Some Considerations Regarding Inuit Sea Ice Terms.- 19 Partnerships inpolicy: Are there lessons to be learned from IPY SIKU?.- 20. EPILOGUE: The Humanism of Sea Ice.- Appendix 1. Nunavimmiut Sea Ice Terminology.- Appendix 2. List of the SIKU-generated publications and science presentations, 2006–2010.- Index

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