50th Anniversary Celebration
Items in this Collection
- 2Arctic Canada
- 2Polar Impact Exhibit
- 1Alaska, Canada, Greenland
- 1Anthropology Collection, UofA Museums
Polar Impacts Display on language featuring an Olivetti Inuktitut Syllabic (Manual) Typewriter, an excample of bridging western technology and indigenous cultures. Inuit languages were originally oral and had no written language until Inuktitut syllabics were adopted to create a standard writing...
In the circumpolar world, language dynamics vary locally according to national circumstances. The language of the Inuit, for example, is spoken in Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. In some places, it is the language of the majority, while in others it is used by a portion of the population....
In traditional Inuit culture, a 'qulliq' -- an oil lamp for burning seal blubber -- serves as a light, a stove, and a gathering place. The 'qulliq' displayed in this exhibit is much larger than most and would have accommodated a significant group. The surface of the lamp is encrusted with...
Entry display featured the Electromagnetic 'Bird' used to measure the thickness of the ice using electromagnetic sounding. This technique is usually used on land to map ore or groundwater deposits. Dr. Christian Haas, Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences adapted the technique to create a...