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Friday, September 28, 2007

The Inuit at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library

In the Stone Age, the Inuit adapted to life along the Arctic edge, creating technologies to make use of marine resources in extreme climatic conditions. Now, in the postmodern era, the Inuit again face tremendous challenges adapting to globalization and climate change. With slides, lectures, films, and speakers, this series on the Inuit will look at their capacity for change and the ways in which Inuit realities impact our own worldview.
Join us on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 7pm for the first in a six-part series.

Naturalist Nona Estrin always dreamed of going north, and in the early 1990s, she and naturalist husband Charles Johnson documented the first organized commercial walking trip to the Soper River Valley and Inuit villages of the area. The Nature of Baffin Island will feature slides of two trips they took as guides for Country Walkers, and will discuss their experiences, and the culture and natural history as it was 14 years ago, just before Baffin became part of Nunavut, the Inuit province of Canada. The evening will also include a short introduction to the series and the Inuit.

I have worked with two people to organize this series, Kathleen Osgood Dana and Kristina Bielenberg. It has been a great experience working with two people who are truly passionate about the arctic and the Inuit people. We hope that many people will be inspired by these programs.

Program support has come from: Artctic Research Consortium of the United States, the Tamarck Fund, National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, an anonymous donor, The Vermont Humanities Council for the First Wednesdays program (Bill Fitzhugh)and KHL.

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