All Arctic Studies Center Newsletters Issues 1-19 (1992-2012) are now available on the ASC website. Contact the Arctic Studies Center to be added to the electronic newsletter mailing list.

The Arctic Studies Center was featured in an article in International Innovation by Research Media, following the successful Inuit Studies conference held at the Smithsonian, October 24-28, 2012. Produced by International Innovation, this publication is a global science dissemination resource. In the article, "Reversing Polarity", Dr. Fitzhugh discusses the Arctic Studies Center research, as well as changes that have taken place regarding the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge and information across the Arctic in recent decades.

Igor Krupnik and Winton Weyapuk, Jr.'s Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary book is awarded the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) Choice 2012 Award. ASLI's Choice is an award for the best book of 2012 in the fields of meteorology / climatology / atmospheric sciences. Igor Krupnik will receive the award on behalf of the publication contributors at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) meeting in Austin, TX, January 9, 2013.

Check out the report, The Inuvialuit Smithsonian Project: Winter 2009-Spring 2011 by Natasha Lyons, Kate Hennessy, Charles Arnold & Mervin Joe with contributions by Albert Elias, Stephen Loring, Catherine Cockney, James Pokiak, Billy Jacobson & Darrel Nasogaluak. For more information visit the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (April 27, 2011).

View the 18th Inuit Studies Conference website.

18th Inuit Studies Conference 2012

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
October 24, 2012-October 28, 2012

April 2011 First Call for Session Proposals

The 18th Inuit Studies Conference, organized by the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution, will be held in Washington, DC on the National Mall from October 24 to October 28, 2012 in various Smithsonian museums. Several special Inuit-themed exhibitions will be displayed across the Institution. Opportunities for visiting collections, archives and laboratories are available.

The biennial Inuit Studies Conference serves the critical function of drawing together scholars and Inuit representatives to share research results in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, political governance, environmental science, health, education, and culture.  

Conference Theme: Inuit/Arctic/Connections: Lessons from the Top of the World
We believe this broad theme inspires discussion about important Inuit issues and how they impact the rest of the world. Sub-themes include: Heritage, Museums and the North; Globalization: An Arctic Story; Power, Governance and Politics in the North; The 'New' Arctic: Social, Cultural and Climate Change; Inuit Education, Health, Language and Literature

Call for Session Proposals
Titles and abstracts for proposed sessions (including prospective 'invited sessions,' panels, and round-tables) should be sent to the conference coordinator, Lauren Marr, by email or postal mail by Friday, September 16, 2011. The working language of the conference will be English. The Program Committee will guide selection of plenary sessions, panels, and papers.

Conference Website

A conference website will be live in the coming months. In the meantime, check the Arctic Studies Center website for information: //

Questions? Please Contact
Lauren Marr
Conference Coordinator
Arctic Studies Center
PH: 202.633.1889
FX: 202.357.2684

National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 37012
Anthropology Department, MRC 112
Washington, DC 20013-7012

April 2011 Quebec 2010 Field Report Now Available online

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March 2011 ASC Blog now live!

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March 2011 New Anchorage Loan Conservation Project website

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February 2011 ASC Debuts new site

The ASC has created a website for the exhibit, Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival. The exhibit was at NMNH from April 17th 2010 to July 25th 2010. Curated by Ann Fienup-Riordan the exhibit showcased over 200 Yup'ik artifacts from museums around the world.

The main purpose of the website is to share Smithsonian's longstanding research and collections in the Yup'ik region by incorporating the Edward W. Nelson diary project. Edward Nelson was an American ornithologist who was responsible for collecting many of the objects in NMNH's Yup'ik collection during his 1881 expedition. The recent discovery of his original diary instigated a need to expand on Smithsonian's historical research and the recent exhibition provided a venue to present modern culture with historical research.  

To view the site please go to: //

May 2010 ASC Anchorage Opens Permanent exhibit in Anchorage

Through the exhibit, "Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska" visitors can learn about traditional and contemporary Alaska Native cultures, with a focus on the rich diversity of cultural heritage objects from the Smithsonian collections. Nearly 600 objects from the Smithsonian will arrive in Alaska on long-term loan for the new exhibition which opened in 2010 at the Anchorage Museum. An innovative exhibit case and mounting system will allow objects to come out for study in a Cultural Consultation Studio, continuing collaborative work with Native Elders, artists and scholars, and enabling conversations about cultural meaning and history to continue into the future.

Throughout the gallery, emphasis is placed on first person, in-depth indigenous interpretation with connections to anthropology, history, art and science, and with multi-media contextual information and interpretative materials. Visit the exhibit site at

ASC to Host the 18th Inuit Studies Conference (ISC) in 2012

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Yuungnaqpiallerput Exhibit Site Coming Soon!
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