Transmission of Geographical Knowledge in Inuinnait Society
Principal Investigator: Collignon, Beatrice M. (4)
Licence Number: 12952
Organization: University Paris I. Pantheon-Sorbonne
Licenced Year(s): 1998 1992 1991
Issued: Apr 05, 1998
Project Team: self

Objective(s): The objective of this project is to get a better understanding of knowledge transmission and evolution in Inuinnait society, in the field of geography (knowledge related to the land and to location) and to continue a wider research on Inuinnait's geographical knowledge. This is to ensure that this knowledge's efficiency is recognised not only by Inuinnait themselves, to help in it's transmission to younger Inuinnait generations and to learn from Inuinnait about other means of knowledge transmission. Three topics to be discussed with Inuinnait, out of which one or two will be studied this field season. These are 1) transmission of traveling routes, which enables one to travel to places where he's never been before, 2) transmission of spatial organization of the inside space of the house, in changing context (from igloos to tents to permanent homes), 3) the new territory of the younger generations. This will be done by face to face interviews and may be video taped as well.

Project Description: To get a better understanding of knowledge transmission and evolution in Inuinnait society, in the field of geography (knowledge related to the land and to location) and to continue a wider research on Inuinnait's geographical knowledge the Inuinnait will be interviewed in the community of Holman. They will be asked about one or two of the following topics: 1) transmission of traveling routes, which enables one to travel to places where he's never been before, 2) transmission of spatial organization of the inside space of the house, in changing context (from igloos to tents to permanent homes), 3) the new territory of the younger generations. In some cases the interview will be videotaped if the participant(s) agree. A translator will be hired. The intent of this study is to ensure that this knowledge's efficiency is recognised not only by Inuinnait themselves, to help in it's transmission to younger Inuinnait generations and to learn from Inuinnait about other means of knowledge transmission. Copies of the video-movie produced will be sent to the communities involved and to Northern agencies interested, such as Regional Boards of Education and Arctic Research Centres.