Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Visions of Adaptation: Indigenous Video Production in a Transforming Greenland (Award# 1438097)

PI: Fitzhugh, William W (
Phone: (202) 633.1887 
Institute/Department: Smithsonian Institution, Department of Anthropology/Arctic Studies 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (
Discipline(s): | Social and Human Sciences |

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Science Summary:
This award will provide support for Co-PI Hunter Snyder, who is a research associate at the Arctic Studies Center, to travel to Greenland to do pre-Dissertation Improvement Grant proposal consultation with local scholars and community members. In addition, the Co-PI would do a proof of concept for his Point of View Video Recording methodology in Greenland by engaging in trial video production education and training with local community youth. The eventual topic of the produced ethnographic media is how the Inuit balance between traditional hunting and fishing and prospective work in the newly developing mining industry. Building on over 4,000 years of Inuit storytelling, and the Co-PI’s expertise in video production and ethnography, the researcher hopes to collaborate with Greenlanders to capture and analyze their knowledge about changing livelihoods, the lived experience of varying types of labor, and the local meaning of social and environmental change through visual media.

Logistics Summary:
This EAGER will conduct an ethnographic research project in Nuuk, Greenland that draws upon video production education, indigenous video production, and documentary filmmaking. Field work is anticipated to be limited to the Co-PI being an observer for hunting and/or fishing trips with indigenous people. Potential positive social impacts may result from actively engaging and teaching indigenous people technical multimedia techniques either directly, or through workshops that will be free to all participants. This project has two preliminary stages: in spring 2014 the Co-PI will be stationed in Nuuk for approximately one month performing observations, interviews, and workshops. Starting June, the Co-PI will also conduct a workshop and videography. The main fieldwork will start in October 2014 and continue provisionally through August 2015.

CPS will provide support via flights with the Air National Guard to Greenland. All other logistics, including the 2014 field work, will be organized by the researcher and paid through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2014Greenland - Nuuk03 / 14 / 2014 12 / 31 / 20141
2015Greenland - Kangerlussuaq05 / 19 / 2015 09 / 05 / 20151
2015Greenland - Nuuk01 / 01 / 2015 08 / 20 / 20151

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