Publications / Staff Publications

In addition to publications produced by the Arctic Studies Center, researchers at the Center are involved in numerous independent publication projects. Below is a sample of books written by ASC staff. For more information about individual staff publications, please contact the Arctic Studies Center or the appropriate researcher.

NEW! Early Inuit Studies (Krupnik, Ed. 2016).

This collection of 15 chronologically arranged papers is the first-ever definitive treatment of the intellectual history of Eskimology (known today as Inuit Studies), the field preoccupied with the history, origins, and culture of the Inuit people. It traces the growth and change in scholarship on the Inuit (Eskimo) from the 1850s to the 1980s. A critical element to the story is the changing status of the Inuit within each of the Arctic nations and the developments in national ideologies of governance, identity, and treatment of indigenous populations. This multifaceted work will resonate with a broad audience of social scientists; studetns of science history, humanities, and minority studies; and readers of all stripes interested in the Arctic and its peoples, including the Inuit themselves.

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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast (Fitzhugh, W.W. and W.E. Richard, 2014).

For over three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeast Atlantic corridor and its fascinating history, habitat, and culture. This fully illustrated with 350 full-color photographs, Maine to Greenland captures their research and photography in the first in-depth treatment of the Northeast Atlantic corridor and essential for armchair travelers, locals, tourists, or anyone who has journeyed there. Maine to Greenland is not only a complete account of the unique culture and environment of this region, but also a timely reminder that amidst the very real consequences of climate change, the inhabitants of the Maritime Far Northeast can show us grounded and sustainable ways of living.

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Mammals of Ungava and Labrador: The 1882-1884 Fieldnotes of Lucien M. Turner together with Inuit and Innu Knowledge (Heyes & Helgen, eds. 2013).

In 1882 the Smithsonian Institution Arctic scientist Lucien M. Turner travelled to the Ungava District-encompassing Northern Quebec and Labrador-where he spent two years as part of a mission to record meteorological data for an International Polar Year research program. While stationed at the Hudson's Bay Company trading post of Ft. Chimo in Ungava Bay, now the Inuit community of Kuujjuaq, he expanded his observations to studies of the natural history and ethnography of the Inuit and Innu-the aboriginal peoples of the region. His ethnography of the Inuit and Innu people was published in 1984, but his substantial writings on language and natural history never made it to print. His unpublished notes on the mammals of the region, many derived from Inuit and Innu knowledge and stories, are finally presented here.

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Yupik Transitions: Change and Survival at Bering Strait, 1900 - 1960 (Krupnik and Chlenov, 2013).

The Siberian Yupik people have endured centuries of change and repression, starting with the Russian Cossacks in 1648 and extending into recent years. The twentieth century brought especially formidable challenges, including the forced relocation by Russian authorities and a Cold War “ice curtain” that cut off the Yupik people on the mainland region of Chukotka from those on St. Lawrence Island. Yet throughout this all, the Yupik have managed to maintain their culture and identity. Igor Krupnik and Michael Chlenov spent more than thirty years studying this resilience through original fieldwork. In Yupik Transitions they present a compelling portrait of a tenacious people and place in transition—a portrait all the more needed as the fast pace of the newest century finally threatens to erase their way of life for good.

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Kinikmi Sigum Qanuq Ilitaavut,Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary (Weyapuk and Krupnik, eds. 2012).

The book introduces over 100 indigenous terms for sea ice known in the Alaskan Inupiat community of Wales (Kinigin) that have been collected and explained by local Inupiat boat captain Winton Weyapuk, Jr. (Utuktaaq). The 112 pages dictionary is illustrated by 50 color plates of ice types and icescapes off Wales taken by Weyapuk in 2007 and 17 historical photos of Wales hunters on sea ice in spring 1922 taken by visiting biologist Alfred M. Bailey. It was produced by a team of scholars and Wales Elders for the SIKU ("Sea Ice Knowledge and Use") project during the International Polar Year 2007-2009.

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The Earth is Faster Now (2002/2010), second edition

Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change (Krupnik and Jolly, eds. 2002) with a new 2010 forward by co-editor Igor Krupnik. The volume of almost 400 pages features ten individual studies, primarily in Arctic North America, on indigenous knowledge of climate change. It includes personal observations, numerous illustrations, and photographs, as well as new recommended readings. The original volume of 2002 was published by ARCUS in cooperation with the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution.

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Anguti's Amulet/Angutiup âguang
Edited by Stephen Loring and Leah Rosenmeier, 2005.
Eastern Woodland Publishing, Millbrook First Nation: Truro, Nova Scotia.

The booklet tells the story of the archaeological research conducted at Long Tickle in the Adlavik Islands south of Makkovik at a small mid-18th century Labrador Inuit village site between 1999 and 2003. Anguti's Amulet begins with a story about a brother and sister who lived at the site and have an adventure when they are set adrift while hunting a seal. The second half of the book explains how the archaeological work at the Long Tickle site informed the story and how archaeology is a way of exploring the past. The book is beautifully illustrated by Cynthia Colosimo of Forteau. The booklet was prepared as course curriculum material for Inuit students in Labrador, in English and Labrador Inuktitut.

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Sikugmengllu Eslamengllu Esghapalleghput.
Watching Ice and Weather Our Way.
Edited by Conrad Oozeva, Chester Noongwook, George Noongwook, Christina Alowa, and Igor Krupnik.
Published by the Arctic Studes Center, and the Savoonga Whaling Captain's Association. Washington, DC: 2004.

This book is the product of a joint four-year study by subsistence hunters from two Yupik villages in Alaska and scientists studying arctic climate change. One of the first studies combining the efforts of northern communities and polar scholars, it presents a Yupik sea-ice "dictionary," an illustrated list of nearly 100 sea-ice formations, records of climate and weather observations during 200-01, and information from elders on recollections and oral history of significant events of previous decades.

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Ethnology of the Ungava District: Hudson Bay Territory
Lucien M. Turner with an Introduction by Stephen Loring.
Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.

One of the foremost natural historians of his time, Lucien M. Turner spent the years between 1882 and 1884 in the Ungava district in the northern Quebec-Labrador peninsula studying the Innu and Inuit. His work, Ethnology of the Ungava District, first published in 1894 as part of the Smithsonian's Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology series, as well as the numerous collections and photographs he took while in the north, stand as invaluable snapshots of the lifeways, language, stories and material culture of the Innu and Inuit. This reissue of his northern ethnology ensures that Turner's work will continue to be a classic introduction to the people of northern Quebec and Labrador.

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Ethnology of the Ungava District: Hudson Bay Territory

The Labradorians: Voices From the Land of Cain
Lynne D. Fitzhugh.
St. Johns, Newfoundland: Breakwater Books, 1999.

The Labradorians is the story of the people who settled in Labrador, a land Jacques Cartier, a 16th century explorer, dismissed as "the land God gave to Cain." The people of Labrador, Innu, Inuit and Europe have long lived and interacted in one of the last great, unspoiled wilderness areas in North America. Compiled from the narratives of Labradorians printed in Them Days magazine, The Labradorians, through the voices of the people who live there, gives a profile of the history, lifeways, beliefs, values and character of this unique landscape.

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Archaeology and Coastal Dynamics of Kenai Fjords National Park
Aron L. Crowell and Daniel H. Mann.
National Park Service, 1998.

This volume is an interdisciplinary technical report on the archaeology, history, paleoenvironments, and geology of the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park, based on Arctic Studies Center fieldwork in 1993. It addresses current research issues, landscape history, and human responses to environmental change.

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Archaeology and the Capitalist World System: A Study From Russian America
Aron L. Crowell.
New York: Plenum Press, 1997.

One of archaeology's important features is its ability to reveal the lives of those whose history is denied or distorted through global colonialism. With a combination of eyewitness reports and archaeological data, Archaeology and the World Capitalist System uncovers the impact of the capitalist world system on the indigenous culture of Kodiak Island. This work provides a fresh perspective on the history of the Russian fur trade and suggests that cultural change was a two-way process that transformed both the colonizing and indigenous populations.

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Anthropology of the North Pacific Rim
William W. Fitzhugh and Valerie Chaussonnet (eds).
Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.PDF

This volume is the result of a two-day symposium on the Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska exhibit at the NMNH. As part of the Crossroads legacy, the goal of this book is to expand the public understanding of the little-known cultures of the North Pacific and Beringian regions while building scholarly contacts and developing collaborative research programs between North American and Russian scientists and researchers. Building upon the themes highlighted in the exhibition catalog, this 379-page edited book provides a regional overview of the anthropology, history and art of the North Pacific region.

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Not available any longer from the Smithonian Institution Press. Try your local book-seller or on-line sites for availability of this title.

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Archeology of the Frobisher Voyages
William W. Fitzhugh and Jacqueline S. Olin (eds).
Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.

Archeology of the Frobisher Voyages explores the legacy of Martin Frobisher's voyages to the Arctic in search of a Northwest Passage from England to Cathay. While his expedition was ultimately a failure, Frobisher's voyages, the documents that record them, as well as the remains of mines and settlements that he established on the coast of Baffin Island offer researchers a wealth of information about European Arctic exploration, European expansionism and New World intercultural contact. This 271-page book details the history, archaeology and research of the Frobisher site in 14 chapters written by contributors with backgrounds in archaeology, history and ethnography.

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Cultures in Contact: The European Impact on Native Cultural Institutions in Eastern North America, A.D. 1000-1800
William W. Fitzhugh (ed).
Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985.

In the past, European and Native relationships were not a major theme in historic-period archaeology on the East Coast of the United States. Cultures in Contact, produced by the Anthropological Society of Washington, addresses the need to better understand the impact of European contact on Native societies from the Arctic to Florida and Hispaniola. The 11 contributors to this 320-page volume explore the institutional structures that determined Indian-European interactions, comparing the differing contact situations as they relate to geography and variations among the Native cultures and European agents involved.

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St. John's Harbour 5 (HeCi-30) and an Examination of Groswater and Early Dorset Relationships in Labrador

Elaine P. Anton

Using St. John's Harbour 5, HeCi-30, as a catalyst, this Master's Thesis looks at the possibility of interaction between Groswater Palaeoeskimos and Labrador Early Dorset by comparing sites throughout Labrador. To evaluate if interaction took place, the site locations, dates, artifacts, raw material use, house styles and subsistence and settlement patterns for all Groswater and Labrador Early Dorset sites in Labrador are reviewed.




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