Traditions, Traps and Trends

Transfer of Knowledge in Arctic Regions


Traditions, Traps and Trends

The transfer of knowledge is a key issue in the North as Indigenous peoples meet the ongoing need to adapt to cultural and environmental change. In eight essays, experts survey critical issues surrounding the knowledge practices of the Inuit of northern Canada and Greenland and the Northern Sámi of Scandinavia, and the difficulties of transferring that knowledge from one generation to the next. Reflecting the ongoing work of the Research Group Circumpolar Cultures, these multidisciplinary essays offer fresh understandings through history and across geography as scholars analyze cultural, ecological, and political aspects of peoples in transition. Traditions, Traps and Trends is an important book for students and scholars in anthropology and ethnography and for everyone interested in the Circumpolar North.

Contributors: Cunera Buijs, Frédéric Laugrand, Barbara Helen Miller, Thea Olsthoorn, Jarich Oosten, Willem Rasing, Kim van Dam, Nellejet Zorgdrager

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Contents 8
Introduction | Oosten and Miller 10
1 The Transformation and Transfer of Inuit Knowledge | Rasing 32
2 Language and Literacy Exchange between the Moravians and the Inuit | Olsthoorn 68
3 Traditions, Traps and Tricks | Laugrand and Oosten 106
4 Finding New Places to Transfer Inuit Knowledge in Nunavut | van Dam 150
5 Living Objects | Buijs 174
6 Transfer of Healing Knowledge | Miller 220
7 Two Traditional Sámi Love Songs and the Transfer of Knowledge | Zorgdrager 242
8 Sámi Storytelling and the Transfer of Knowledge | Zorgdrager 290
Contributors 326
Index 330
Other Titles from The University of Alberta Press 353