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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.26441
  • Polar Impact Exhibit - Inuktitut Syllabic Typewriter
  • CCI
  • UofA, MAC
  • Polar Impact Exhibit
    Inuktitut Syllabic Typewriter
    Power of Language display
  • 2012/05/15
  • Research Material
  • English
  • TIFF
  • 36167324 bytes
  • 1970s
  • Arctic Canada
  • 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.