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SIKU: Knowing Our Ice

Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use

  • Igor Krupnik
  • Claudio Aporta
  • Shari Gearheard
  • Gita J. Laidler
  • Lene Kielsen Holm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. SIKU: International Polar Year Project #166 (An Overview)

    1. Igor Krupnik, Claudio Aporta, Gita J. Laidler
      Pages 1-28
  3. Recording the Knowledge: Inuit Observations of Ice, Climate and Change

  4. Using the Ice: Indigenous Knowledge and Modern Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Matthew L. Druckenmiller, Hajo Eicken, John C. George, Lewis Brower
      Pages 203-228
    3. Peter L. Pulsifer, Gita J. Laidler, D.R. Fraser Taylor, Amos Hayes
      Pages 229-254
  5. Learning, Knowing, and Preserving the Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Henry P. Huntington, Shari Gearheard, Lene Kielsen Holm
      Pages 257-274
    3. Igor Krupnik, Winton (Utuktaaq) Weyapuk Jr
      Pages 321-354
  6. SIKU and Siku: Opening New Perspectives

About this book


By exploring indigenous people’s knowledge and use of sea ice, the SIKU project has demonstrated the power of multiple perspectives and introduced a new field of interdisciplinary research, the study of social (socio-cultural) aspects of the natural world, or what we call the social life of sea ice. It incorporates local terminologies and classifications, place names, personal stories, teachings, safety rules, historic narratives, and explanations of the empirical and spiritual connections that people create with the natural world. In opening the social life of sea ice and the value of indigenous perspectives we make a novel contribution to IPY, to science, and to the public


Arctic Climate modeling Global climate change Indigenous knowledge Polar geography Polar studies Sea ice atlas climate change

Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Krupnik
    • 1
  • Claudio Aporta
    • 2
  • Shari Gearheard
    • 3
  • Gita J. Laidler
    • 4
  • Lene Kielsen Holm
    • 5
  1. 1.National Museum of Natural History, Dept. AnthropologySmithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Sociology & AnthropologyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  3. 3.National Snow & Ice Data CenterUniversity of Colorado, BoulderClyde RiverCanada
  4. 4.Dept. Geography &, Environmental StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Inuit Circumpolar Council, GreenlandNuukGreenland

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