ERIC Number: ED475289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Earth Is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change. Frontiers in Polar Social Science.
Krupnik, Igor, Ed.; Jolly, Dyanna, Ed.
This book focuses on documenting and understanding the nature of environmental changes observed by indigenous residents of the Arctic. Common themes include increasing variability and unpredictability of the weather and seasonal climatic patterns, as well as changes in the sea ice and the health of wildlife. Nine papers focus on these changes, their impact on indigenous communities, the growing collaboration between communities and environmental researchers, and utilization of findings in community workshops and school classes. Chapters are: "These Are Things That Are Really Happening: Inuit Perspectives on the Evidence and Impacts of Climate Change in Nunavut" (Shari Fox); "Community Contributions to Ecological Monitoring: Knowledge Co-Production in the U.S.-Canada Arctic Borderlands" (Gary Kofinas); "We Can't Predict the Weather Like We Used to: "Inuvialuit Observations of Climate Change, Sachs Harbour, Western Canadian Arctic" (Dyanna Jolly, Fikret Berkes, Jennifer Castleden, Theresa Nichols); "Coastal Sea Ice Watch: Private Confessions of a Convert to Indigenous Knowledge" (David W. Norton); "Watching Ice and Weather Our Way: Some Lessons from Yupik Observations of Sea Ice and Weather on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska" (Igor Krupnik); "Nowadays It Is Not the Same: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Climate and Caribou in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada" (Natasha Thorpe, Sandra Eyegetok, Naikak Hakongak); "Travelling with Fred George: The Changing Ways of Yup'ik Star Navigation in Akiachak, Western Alaska" (Claudette Bradley); "Climate Change and Health in Nunavik and Labrador: Lessons from Inuit Knowledge" (Christopher M. Furgal, Daniel Martin, Pierre Gosselin); "Putting the Human Face on Climate Change through Community Workshops: Inuit Knowledge, Partnerships, and Research" (Scot Nickels, Christopher Furgal, Jennifer Castleden, Pitseolalaq Moss-Davies, Mark Buell, Barbara Armstrong, Diane Dillon, Robin Fonger); and "Epilogue: Making Sense of Arctic Environmental Change?" (Fikret Berkes). The appendix, "Indigenous Views on Climate Change: A Circumpolar Perspective" (Tero Mustonen), describes Snowchange, a multi-year education-oriented project to document indigenous observations of climate change in northern Finland. (Contains references in each paper, data tables, maps and figures, and photographs.) (SV)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, Canada Natives, Climate Change, Community Involvement, Cultural Maintenance, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Eskimos, Indigenous Knowledge, Naturalistic Observation, Navigation, Nonformal Education, Participatory Research, Research Methodology, Science Education, Weather, Wildlife, Workshops
Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, 3535 College Road, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99709 ($20). Tel: 907-474-1600.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, Fairbanks, AK.; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. National Museum of Natural History.