(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Dynamic Inuit social strategies in changing environments : a long-term perspective

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FRIESEN T.M. (1) ;
(1) Dep. of Anthropology, Univ., Toronto, CANADA


This paper presents an overview of the International Polar Year (IPY) research programme : Dynamic Inuit Social Strategies in Changing Environments : A Long-Term Perspective. Fieldwork performed across much of the Canadian Arctic and analysis revolved around 2 primary processes critical to the understanding of Inuit history : 1), is the migration from Alaska to the east by the earliest Inuit, known as ‘Thule’, an apparently rapid event which replaced populations of the earlier, and culturally very different Dorset tradition; 2), is the transformation of Thule Inuit into their more diverse recent cultural forms, involving abandonment of some regions, combined with major changes in settlement patterns, artifact form, architecture, economy, and social organization. The ultimate goal of the project is to understand the variable roles of climate change and social structures on the culture change which can be observed during the past 800 years of Inuit history


Article of periodic

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 110, no2 [pp. 215-225]

Bibliographic references : 61 ref.

Collation : 7 fig.




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