Humanities projects 1999

Northwest Greenland Photograph Identification Project

Genevieve LeMoine
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Bowdoin College
9500 College Station, Brunswick ME 04011-8495

18/06/99 - 07/08/99

This project has two goals. The first is to collect information about individuals in photographs taken between 1908 and 1954 by Donald B. MacMillan in the Thule district of Northwest Greenland, now in the collections of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. This part of the project is seen as one step in an on-going program leading to more complete documentation of the photographs in The Peary-Mac Millan Arctic Museum collection. The second goal is to increase local access to these historic photographs of the community, through museum exhibitions and publications. To this end, an exhibit of the photographs will be produced in collaboration with the Thule Museum of Qaanaaq. This will lead to a digital or paper based publication to ensure continued access to the photographs and the results of the research. The project will focus on basic identification of individuals, and on establishing their ties to each other and to their descendants. Using local interpreters, interviews based on the photographs will be conducted with community elders. The goals of the project will be made clear to each informant before the interview begins, and they will be asked to sign a consent form. During the interviews, emphasis will be placed on identifying individuals and locations of communities or seasonal settlements. In conjunction with this, information about the location of the individuals at important points in their lives (birth, marriages, childbirth, death...) will be collected, to trace the trajectory of lives through time and space. This study will focus on answering basic questions about the people in the photographs, but one ultimate goal of this project is to begin making use of this resource for more sophisticated anthropological and ethnohistoric work, as well as more detailed oral historical studies. an equally important goal is to make these images accessible to the people of northern Greenland, through co-produced museum displays and publications.

Visionscapes: Landscape Perceptions and Development Strategies in Greenland

Frank Sejersen
University of Copenhagen
Department of Eskimology

01/09/99 - 31/12/99

The objective is to describe, analyse and discuss divergent landscape perceptions and to position these in the discussions of ressource use and development strategies on the basis of anthropological methods and theory. The focus is primarily on two current cases in Sisimiut, Greenland. One is about the use of snowscooters vs. dog sledges. The other about access rights to caribous. The two cases iluminate increasingly divergent perceptions of legal cultural, social, environmental and economics aspects of the present and future landscape use. The project maps take out landscape perceptions and integrates them into a general discussion of environmental perceptions, development strategies and identity construction.

Danish in Greenland - a new dialect

Birgitte Jacobsen

01/09/99 - 01/12/99

In Greenland there has been a long-term language contact situation. The influence of Danish on Greenlandic has been investigated to a certain extent, while the Greenlandic influence on Danish has not been investigated before. In a pilot investigation which started in February 1998, I have identified a 'new dialect' different from the varieties spoken in Denmark, and different from - but influnced by - the Greenlandic accented Danish of the bilingual Greenlandic speakers. In the next years I will gather more data in order to test the conclusions from the pilot investigation using both phonetic and sociallinguistic methods.

The use of caves and rock-shelters by historic Inuit

Clemens Pasda
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Institut für Ur-und Frühgeschichte
Kochstr. 4
D-91054 Erlangen

02/08/99 - 03/09/99

A four week foot-survey done by two+, persons (archaeologists) from Kangerlussuaq in western direction in 1999 and from Sisimiut in eastern direction in 2000. We want to find caves, rock-shelters or boulder-overhangs with artefacts and structures left on the surface by historic Inuit. The coordinates of the sites will be recorded by GPS, the whole site with its structures and finds will be mapped. There vill be no physical impact on monuments or structures.

Saqqaq exhibition, Qasigiannguit

Jens Fog Jensen
Danish Polar Center

01/07/99 - 30/11/99

Qasigiannguit Museum has initiated and supported archaeological research during the last 15 years, and the museum has been the prime mover behind several large scale archaeological projects in the southern Disko Bugt. The Qeqertasussuk site was the first Saqqaq site to be investigated in the community since the 1950'ies. Now the exordinary well preserved artifacts have been preserved and studied at the Danish National Museum and at University of Copenhagen, and the material are to be shipped back and put on display in the newly restored building "B4", the oldest logbuilding in Greenland.

Washington Land 1999 - An archaeological Survey

Claus Andreasen


The project is aimed at documenting the amount of prehistoric features in an archaeological unknown area. Finds should tell about connections between Northeast Greenland and Baffin Island resp. NW-Greenland in paleoeskimo times and between Inglefield Land and NE-Greenland in late Dorset and Early Thule. The project will focus on Independence II and Late Dorset. Washington Land must now be considered important for understanding the cultural relationsships and the migration-routes through time between Vest- and NW-Greenland, Baffin Island and Northeast Greenland. Furthermore, lithic resource-centres will be located.


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Geoscience Projects

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