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Traditions, Traps and Trends

Transfer of Knowledge in Arctic Regions

edited by Jarich Oosten & Barbara Helen Miller

contributions by Cunera Buijs, Frédéric Laugrand, Thea Olsthoorn, Willem C.E. Rasing, Kim Van Dam & Nellejet Zorgdrager

The University of Alberta Press
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Aug 2018
Cultural, Regional Studies, Bilingual Education
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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

About the authors

Jarich Oosten (1945–2016) was emeritus Professor of the Department of Anthropology at Leiden University and the author of numerous publications.

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Barbara Helen Miller, PhD in Anthropology from Leiden University (the Netherlands) is currently an independent scholar, working in co-operation with the Research Group Circumpolar Cultures. She received the Master of Arts in Psychology of Religion from the Norwich University, Vermont College (Montpelier, Vermont, USA) and the Diploma in Analytical Psychology at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich (Küsnacht, Switzerland). Her most widely read publication is Connecting and Correcting, A Case Study of Sámi Healers in Porsanger. Leiden: CNWS (2007).

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Frédéric Laugrand is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Université Laval.

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Thea Olsthoorn's profile page

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Editorial Reviews

“Traditions, Traps and Trends is exceptional in several ways…. [It] reflects the breadth of Indigenous knowledge systems; as it happens here, those of Inuit and Sami. Each contribution provides insight into the complexity and wholeness of these systems by illuminating the values and beliefs that meaningfully animate livelihood and social life.”

George W. Wenzel, Journal of Northern Studies, 2020

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Inuit Worldviews

An Introduction

edited by Jarich Oosten & Frédéric Laugrand

Inuit Laws, 2nd edition

edited by Jarich Oosten, Frédéric Laugrand & Willem Rasing

Between Heaven and Earth

The Recollections of Felix Kupak

edited by Frédéric Laugrand & Jarich Oosten
translated by Gloria Putumiraqtuq

The Ethnographic Recordings of Inuit Oral Traditions by Father Guy Mary-Rousseli?re

by (author) Frédéric B. Laugrand & Jarich Oosten

Surviving in Different Worlds

Transfering Inuit Traditions from Elders to Youth

by (author) Jarich Oosten & Frédéric B. Laugrand

Traveling and Surviving on our Land

Inuit Perspectives on the 20th Century: Volume 2

by (author) George Aguiaq Kappianaq
edited by Jarich Oosten & Frédéric Laugrand

Perspectives Sur le Droit Traditionnel

Perspectives On Traditional Law (French); Interviewing Inuit Elders: Volume 2

by (author) Mariano Aupilaarjuk, Marie Tulimaaq, Akisu Joamie, Emile Imaruittuq, Lucassie Nutaraaluk, Jarich Oosten, Frédéric B. Laugrand, Wim Rasing & Denise Nevo

Introduction (French)

Interviewing Inuit Elders: Volume 1

by (author) Saullu Nakasuk, Herve Paniaq, Elisapee Ootoova & Pauloosie Angmaalik
edited by Jarich Oosten & Frédéric B. Laugrand
translated by Denise Nevo

Introduction (Inuktitut)

Interviewing Inuit Elders: Volume 1

by (author) Saullu Nakasuk, Herve Paniaq, Elisapee Ootoova & Pauloosie Angmaalik
edited by Jarich Oosten & Frédéric B. Laugrand
translated by Denise Nevo

Hardships Of the Past (Inuktitut)

Recollections of Arviat Elders

by (author) Jarich Oosten & Frédéric B. Laugrand

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