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Exhibition catalogue


Nicole Stuckenberger
Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment
With contributions by William Fitzhugh, Aqqaluk Lynge, Kesler H. Woodward, an introduction by Igor Krupnik, Ross Virginia, and Ken Yalowitz, and a foreword by Brian Kennedy
Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
ISBN 0-944722-33-4

Distributed by University Press of New England
Hanover and London
One Court Street
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766

Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
January 27 - May 13, 2007

As the Smithsonian exhibition A Friend Acting Strangely has shown, climate change is a pressing and much debated phenomenon of our time. The Hood Museum of Art’s exhibition Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment explores the Inuit concept and perception of sila (weather, the outside, universe, intelligence) as an integral part of their culture and looks at how climate change will potentially put at risk Inuit hunting ways of life that are at the core of the social and spiritual fabric of their society. The exhibition displays objects such as hunting tools, boat miniatures, clothing, and art that are exemplary of the Inuit’s close relationship to the Arctic environment.

Contextualizing the objects thematically and historically, the catalogue expands on the various themes addressed in the exhibition: Inuit policy perspectives on managing climate change in a preface by Aqqaluk Lynge, perspectives on climate change in an introduction by Krupnik, Virginia, and Yalowitz; and an essay on the traditional and contemporary Inuit notion of sila by Nicole Stuckenberger. William Fitzhugh and Kesler Woodward examine in respective essays Dartmouth’s long tradition of polar research and its relevant collections of objects and manuscripts both at the Hood Museum of Art and at the Rauner Special Collections Library. The catalogue is fully illustrated, providing the reader with the opportunity to explore prominent objects in the Hood’s Arctic collections and objects and manuscripts from the Stefansson Collection of Polar Exploration at Rauner Special Collections Library, as well as loans from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives in Manitoba. The catalogue is illustrated by photographs of the region by Nicole Stuckenberger and Cherry and Brian Alexander.

The catalogue is available at the Hood Museum of Art Shop and through the University Press of New England Web site.

Last Updated: 1/31/07