Digital Return of Canadian Inuit Knowledge: The Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas

Description

The Fifth Thule Expedition, which took place in 1921-1924, completed the first comprehensive recording of traditional Inuit societies in Canada collecting vast amounts of oral traditions, traditional place names, linguistic information, Inuit drawn maps, photographs, and over 2000 ethnographic objects. While some of this knowledge has been published in scientific reports, the majority of it remains stored in archives and museum collections, inaccessible to the public. The Kitikmeot Heritage Society (KHS) will develop an online version of the Fifth Thule Expedition Atlas optimized for Arctic bandwidth that: covers the Inuinnait and Caribou culture areas, allows users to view National Museum ethnographic collections, has evolved according to the advice of the people of Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk, includes the contributions of Inuinnait Elders, and has a defined role in Nunavut secondary curricula.  The Atlas will be a powerful tool for research, discussion, and knowledge contribution for Canadian Inuit, Canadian secondary and post-secondary students, academic researchers, and all Canadians.

  • Organization

    Kitikmeot Heritage Society

  • Project Type

    Online Services

  • Funding Year

    2016

  • Province or Territory

    Nunavut

  • Geographic Reach

    National