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UofA, MAC
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Polar Impact Exhibit
Inuktitut Syllabic Typewriter
Power of Language display
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Language
English
Place
Arctic Canada
Time
1970s
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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 system. Dr. Milton Freeman, Director of the Inuit Land Occupancy research project in the 1970s, was loaned this typewriter by the Federal Government, which funded the project. The typewriter was needed for communication (in Inuktitut) with more than 75 unilingual Inuit language speakers employed as fieldworkers in the project.
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2012/05/15
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