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SIKU: Knowing Our Ice

Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use

  • 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

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxi
  2. SIKU: International Polar Year Project #166 (An Overview)

    1. SIKU: International Polar Year Project #166 (An Overview)

      • Igor Krupnik, Claudio Aporta, Gita J. Laidler
      Pages 1-28
  3. Recording the Knowledge: Inuit Observations of Ice, Climate and Change

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Mapping Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge, Use, and Change in Nunavut, Canada (Cape Dorset, Igloolik, Pangnirtung)

      • Gita J. Laidler, Pootoogoo Elee, Theo Ikummaq, Eric Joamie, Claudio Aporta
      Pages 45-80
    3. Sea Ice Distribution and Ice Use by Indigenous Walrus Hunters on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

      • Marie-Luise Kapsch, Hajo Eicken, Martin Robards
      Pages 115-144
  4. Using the Ice: Indigenous Knowledge and Modern Technologies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 161-161
    2. Assessing the Shorefast Ice: Iñupiat Whaling Trails off Barrow, Alaska

      • Matthew L. Druckenmiller, Hajo Eicken, John C. George, Lewis Brower
      Pages 203-228
    3. Creating an Online Cybercartographic Atlas of Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use

      • Peter L. Pulsifer, Gita J. Laidler, D.R. Fraser Taylor, Amos Hayes
      Pages 229-254
  5. Learning, Knowing, and Preserving the Knowledge

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 255-255
    2. The Power of Multiple Perspectives: Behind the Scenes of the Siku–Inuit–Hila Project

      • Henry P. Huntington, Shari Gearheard, Lene Kielsen Holm
      Pages 257-274
    3. Qanuq Ilitaavut: “How We Learned What We Know” (Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary)

      • Igor Krupnik, Winton (Utuktaaq) Weyapuk Jr
      Pages 321-354
  6. SIKU and Siku: Opening New Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 355-355

About this book

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

Keywords

  • Arctic
  • Climate modeling
  • Global climate change
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Polar geography
  • Polar studies
  • Sea ice
  • atlas
  • climate change

Editors and Affiliations

  • National Museum of Natural History, Dept. Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA

    Igor Krupnik

  • Dept. Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    Claudio Aporta

  • National Snow & Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, Clyde River, Canada

    Shari Gearheard

  • Dept. Geography &, Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

    Gita J. Laidler

  • Inuit Circumpolar Council, Greenland, Nuuk, Greenland

    Lene Kielsen Holm

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-90-481-8587-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 189.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)