Many northern nations have long-established policies for the documentation and protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, old churches and cemeteries, and other historic sites on the landscape. Little is known, however, about the knowledge, memory, and historical value of the landscape in northern indigenous cultures, and even less has been done to build the legal and policy foundation to preserve this heritage for future generations. Northern Ethnographic Landscapes reviews current progress in this field across the circumpolar nations of Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), northern Russia, Norway, and Iceland.
Contributors to this pioneering volume address the role of traditional subsistence activities, memory, rituals and sacred sites, place names, oral tradition, and personal stories that keep northern communities attached to their native lands.
Featuring over 120 photographs from across the Arctic, this volume will appeal to residents of the North, professionals in heritage and landscape preservation, and scholars and students in Native studies, archaeology, oral history, and cultural anthropology.
Published by the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution, and distributed by the University of Alaska Press.
Igor Krupnik works at the Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He studies the preservation of cultural heritage and the ecological knowledge of native peoples in the Arctic and North Pacific.
Rachel Mason is a cultural anthropologist with the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage. She has worked extensively in the Kodiak Archipelago and the Aleutian Islands.
Tonia W. Horton is a landscape architect and ethnohistorian. She is currently professor of landscape architecture at Pennsylvania State University.