Ammassalik, East Greenland - End or Presistance of an Isolate

Author: Joelle Robert-Lamblin

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN: 9788763511742

Category: Ammassalik (Greenland : District)

Page: 168

View: 831

This work retraces the various phases of the evolution of a small East Greenlandic society throughout the twentieth century and sums up its present-day transformations as a result of its contact with the western world. Discovered barely a century ago, the Ammassalik Eskimo ethnic group was in a way a "perfect" model of an isolate -- whether from a biological or a cultural point of view. It opened to the outside world, slowly before the Second World War, then consistently faster after the 1940's. This society of nomadic sea mammal hunters under-went a real demographic explosion, became sedentary, diversified its activities and lifestyles and is beginning to show some social stratification. Demographic analysis, on a genealogical basis, has been at the heart of this re-search on change; it allows us to appreciate transformations in the biological heritage, as well as in family organisation and social and economic structures. This approach draws attention to the existing interactions between the various phenomena which make up the life of a small society and determine its evolution. In conclusion, the contemporary history of some 2300 Ammassalimmiut of Ammassalik district is placed in the wider context of Greenland's accession to Home Rule (in 1979) and of the unifying movement initiated between three of the territories where the Inuit live today: Alaska, Canada and Greenland.

Arctic Clothing

Author: Jonathan C. H. King,Birgit Pauksztat,Robert Storrie

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773530088

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 2680

"Arising from a conference held at the British Museum in 2001, Arctic Clothing of North America - Alaska, Canada, Greenland is a wide-ranging and authoritative account of clothing use in the north. For the first time, contributors include Native and non-Native artists and seamstresses, anthropologists, historians, curators and conservators with expertise in Alaska, Canada and Greenland."--BOOK JACKET.

Social and Environmental Impacts in the North: Methods in Evaluation of Socio-Economic and Environmental Consequences of Mining and Energy Production in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic

Author: Rasmus Ole Rasmussen,Natalia E. Koroleva

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402016691

Category: Architecture

Page: 526

View: 9305

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop, Apatity, Russia, from 8 to 12 May 2002

Ice and Snow in the Cold War

Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments

Author: Julia Herzberg,Christian Kehrt,Franziska Torma

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785339877

Category: History

Page: 330

View: 8624

The history of the Cold War has focused overwhelmingly on statecraft and military power, an approach that has naturally placed Moscow and Washington center stage. Meanwhile, regions such as Alaska, the polar landscapes, and the cold areas of the Soviet periphery have received little attention. However, such environments were of no small importance during the Cold War: in addition to their symbolic significance, they also had direct implications for everything from military strategy to natural resource management. Through histories of these extremely cold environments, this volume makes a novel intervention in Cold War historiography, one whose global and transnational approach undermines the simple opposition of “East” and “West.”

Lands that Hold One Spellbound

A Story of East Greenland

Author: Spencer Apollonio

Publisher: University of Calgary Press

ISBN: 1552382400

Category: History

Page: 322

View: 6071

Lands that Hold One Spellbound is an informal history of East Greenland. Author Spencer Apollonio has written the only known overview of the history of this region, summarizing indigenous settlements over four millennia, and describing European explorations from the Norse period to recent years. East Greenland, is an immense land of great mountains and fjords, of glaciers and meadowlands, and of unique contrasts in weather. It has been colonized seven different times over 4,000 years by migrants from the west. Apollonio details the struggles of vessels to reach the coast through the ice pack, the longest Arctic sledge journeys, the peculiar story of World War II in East Greenland, and the impact of centuries of exploration and change on Greenland's indigenous populations.

Dynamics of Northern Societies

Proceedings of the SILA/NABO Conference on Arctic and North Atlantic Archaeology, Copenhagen, May 10th-14th, 2004

Author: Jette Arneborg,Bjarne Grønnow

Publisher: Aarhus Universitetsforlag


Category: Social Science

Page: 415

View: 8013

The prehistory and early history of northern societies -- from the Palaeo-eskimo pioneers to the Viking Norse Settlers -- is unfolding through archaeological and historical research and through interdisciplinary studies including natural sciences. The more insight we have gained on Arctic and North Atlantic archae-ology the more we have realised how diverse and dynamic these societies were and how complex their stories are. This volume includes articles on New approaches to dynamic analysis of Palaeo-Eskimo artefacts; Interaction with the environ-ment; Dynamics of small scale societies; Archi-tecture and social organisation of space in Palaeo-Eskimo and Inuit contexts; Origins and spread of the Palaeo-Eskimo and Inuit cultures; Demography, death and burials; Norse culture in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, e.g. outlaws of Viking Age Iceland; Trade and burials in Viking Age Britain.


Author: Johannes Nicolaisen,Jens Yde

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethnology

Page: N.A

View: 5796

Furs and Fabrics

Transformations, Clothing and Identity in East Greenland

Author: Cunera Buijs

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ammassalimiut Eskimos

Page: 299

View: 6206

Encyclopedia of the Arctic

Author: Mark Nuttall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136786805

Category: Reference

Page: 2380

View: 6303

With detailed essays on the Arctic's environment, wildlife, climate, history, exploration, resources, economics, politics, indigenous cultures and languages, conservation initiatives and more, this Encyclopedia is the only major work and comprehensive reference on this vast, complex, changing, and increasingly important part of the globe. Including 305 maps. This Encyclopedia is not only an up-to-date interdisciplinary work of reference for all those involved in teaching or researching Arctic issues, but a fascinating and comprehensive resource for residents of the Arctic, and all those concerned with global environmental issues, sustainability, science, and human interactions with the environment.

The Missionary, the Catechist and the Hunter

Foucault, Protestantism and Colonialism

Author: Christina Petterson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004273166

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 2897

The Missionary, the Catechist and the Hunter traces the colonial history of indigenous identity by analysing the role of the Protestant missionaries and the ideology of writing in the production of the hunter as the quintessential Inuit figure.


The Global Destruction Of Home

Author: Douglas Porteous,Sandra E. Smith

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773522573

Category: Science

Page: 283

View: 7365

Media reports describing the destruction of people's homes, for reasons ranging from ethnic persecution to the perceived need for a new airport or highway, are all too familiar. The planned destruction of homes affects millions of people globally; places destroyed range in scale from single dwellings to entire homelands. Domicide tells how and why the powerful destroy homes that happen to be in the way of corporate, political, bureaucratic, and strategic projects. Too frequently, this destruction is justified as being in the public interest.

Arctic Homeland

Kinship, Community and Development in Northwest Greenland

Author: Mark Nuttall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Communities

Page: 194

View: 3762