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Decolonising Arctic Resources : Resources beyond Cambridge / Источники за Кэмбриджом

Introduction / Введение

There is a huge variety of outputs from the Arctic today, much of which is published and released exclusively online. Digital-only formats do not always conform to the requirements of library catalogues, databases and repositories, and hence they do not circulate in the same way as standard western scholarship. This LibGuide aims to address the bias in digital infrastructure by signposting some examples of YouTube videos, podcasts, websites, memes, video games, online essays, blogs and social media posts.  

В наше время многие материалы из Арктики публикуются только онлайн. К сожалению, не все цифровые форматы соответствуют техническим требованиям библиотечных каталогов или баз данных, и поэтому не получают такой известности, как обычные научные материалы. Мы попытались решить проблему этого неравенства, указывая примеры роликов на YouTube, сайтов, блогов, постов в социальных сетях, и т.д.

Essays / Очерки

Cryogenics by Jen Rose Smith
The Inuit Sea by Rosemarie Kuptana

Social media / Социальные сети

  • You can follow the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Word of the Day project, which aims to promote Inuktitut language and Inuit artwork, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • This Russian news item describes the Khanty video blogger Vladimir Aivas (Владимир Айвас). His YouTube channel, Dnevnik Khanta/Дневник Ханта (Diary of a Khanty) is here.
  • There are various Facebook groups that are relevant. One of them is Visual Anthropology of the North / Визуальная антропология севера.
  • Twitter is also a good way to hear northern Indigenous voices.

Visual arts / Визуальное искусство

  • The Inuit Art Database can be browsed in different ways to discover Inuit artists.
  • Marianna Lukina is one of Sakha (Yakutia)’s painters. This article, by the Director of Sakha (Yakutia)’s art museum Asya Gabysheva, shows some of her pictures. The link also introduces the National Art Museum (Национальный Художественный Музей) of Sakha (Yakutia).
  • Pat Kane is a photographer based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, who takes a documentary approach to stories about people and life in Northern Canada. 
  • Paul Aningat's Flickr page showcases photographs of life in Nunavut. 

Polar bear carved from ice. The background is black and the ice sculpture is illuminated.

Image credit: Eleanor Peers

Film / Кино

  • IsumaTV is a collaborative multimedia platform for indigenous filmmakers and media organisations, specializing in Inuit film with thousands of videos in many languages.
  • Inuktitube collects Inuktitut videos in one place.                 
  • Cinema is a very popular medium of expression in Siberia. Sakha (Yakutia) in fact has its own Sakha-language film industry. An early example of a Sakha film that has been translated into English is Orto Doidu/Орто дойду, directed by Aleksei Romanov.
  • This is a documentary with English subtitles about the Khanty activist Marina Kabanova, and the camps she has created for Khanty children.
  • Anastasia Lapsui is a Nenets filmmaker. Here is one of her films.

Organisational resources / Полезные учреждения

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami represents communities across Inuit Nunangat and produces research policy documents like the National Inuit Strategy on Research

The ICC represents Inuit peoples across Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia and regularly publishes new reports and reflections on policy and issues affecting Arctic Indigenous communities.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum for cooperation across the Arctic. They publish reports and policy documents and one of their key focuses is Arctic peoples and communities.

There are also more local advocacy Inuit Association groups such as the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association and the Saami Council who all advocate for Indigenous livelihoods, rights, language and culture.

There are universities, research institutes, museums, galleries and libraries across northern Russia and Siberia. These often showcase local academics, artists, authors and musicians, including those who are members of indigenous communities. Indigenous people can often make up a large proportion of these institutions’ staff. An example is the Regional Museum Complex of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

An example of a Russian Arctic research institute is the Institute of Humanitarian Research and the Problems of the Small-Numbered Peoples of the North/ Институт гуманитарных исследований и проблем малочисленных народов Севера. This is part of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It covers the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Like other universities and research institutes, it produces its own journals.

The IWGIA (International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs) is a global organisation. We receive the print copy of Indigenous World every year and their website has useful news stories too.

Indigenous New Media / Новые медиа коренных народов

Audio, music, radio / аудио, музыка, радио

  • There is an indigenous music industry in Siberia. E.g. here is a song by the well-known mainstream Sakha singer Dalaana who sings in Sakha.
  • Another example is the Sakha rapper Zloi Mambet (Angry Bumpkin), who has released a parody of a track by the Russian rappers Timati and L’One. The play between Russian and Sakha is part of the humour; you can turn the English subtitles on in YouTube. This is the original.
  • There are plenty of indigenous artists who perform older genres, e.g. the Nenets singer Tatiana Lar.
  • Angela Amarualik uses her music to inspire Nunavummiut youth and share Inuit culture with people around the world and won an  Indigenous Music Award in 2019. 
  • Beatrice Deer is a singer-songwriter from Quaqtaq, Nunavik. Her music is a combination of traditional Inuit throat singing and indie pop rock, which she has labeled "Inuindie".

Podcasts / Подкасты

Turquoise background with black text that reads 'Coffee and Quaq podcast'

 Coffee & Quaq podcast is hosted by Alice Qannik Glenn and aims to "celebrate, share, and explore the collective experience of contemporary Native life in urban Alaska". 

Turquoise background with black text that reads 'the Arctic conversation podcast'

The Arctic Conversation podcast is hosted by journalists in the circumpolar Arctic and often features Indigenous voices, perspectives and issues such as the episode on media representation of Indigenous people and racism against Sami people

Turquoise background with black text that reads 'Media Indigena podcast'

Media Indigena is an Indigenous current affairs podcast. In episode 210, Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson spoke about gender in postcolonial Greenland and episode 28 featured Dr Kisha Supernant talking about the Franklin expedition and where Arctic Indigenous people fit in to the obsession with long-lost white explorers. 

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unikkaat / unipkaat ungipaghat / nallunairutet Circumpolar Waves is the podcast of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). It features ICC leaders and key people working to advance the issues the organisation is working on across Inuit Nunaat, which is the Inuit homeland in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia).

Indigenous GIS and mapping / ГИС коренных народов

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