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.
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).
Frédéric Laugrand is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Université Laval.
“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
Other titles by Jarich Oosten
Inuit Laws, 2nd edition
Between Heaven and Earth
The Recollections of Felix Kupak
The Ethnographic Recordings of Inuit Oral Traditions by Father Guy Mary-Rousseli?re
Surviving in Different Worlds
Transfering Inuit Traditions from Elders to Youth
Travelling and Surviving on Our Land
Inuit Perspectives on the 20th Century: Volume 2
Hardships of the Past
Recollections of Arviat Elders
Interviewing Inuit Elders: Volume 1
Keeping the Faith
Memory and History in Nunavut Volume Three
The Transition to Christianity (English)
Inuit Perspectives on the 20th Century: Volume 1