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Thule as Frontier

Commons, Contested Resources, and Contact Zones in the High Arctic

Kirsten Hastrup

, I have made regular field-visits to the Thule region in High Arctic Greenland seeking to understand how people live with the tangle of transitions that their community undergoes in these years of global warming and other developments that

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Nathalia Brichet

of a new ruby mine in Greenland have attracted the attention of geologists, administrators, policy-makers, investors, and local treasure hunters who work in different ways to develop the gem industry in the country. In this emergent situation, the

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Natures of Naturalism

Reaching Bedrock in Climate Science

Martin Skrydstrup

incommensurable, I continue with an ethnographic exploration of a domain located firmly within what Descola designates as naturalism. This domain is climate science conducted on the empirical terrain of Greenland’s ice. But let me first introduce another Parisian

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Frida Hastrup and Marianne Elisabeth Lien

implicated in generating northern resource landscapes? The articles in this thematic section address these questions through five fine-grained ethnographic cases from Greenland, Iceland, and Norway. What is clear across these studies is that the

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Marlene Laruelle

Russia is unique on the circumpolar landscape in that indigenous communities constitute only a small percentage of its Arctic population. Whereas they represent 80 percent of Greenland’s population, 50 percent of Canada’s, 20 percent of Alaska’s, and 15 percent of Norway’s Arctic regions, they make up less than 5 percent of the population of Arctic Russia. Although indigenous peoples have a more solid demography than Russians and have therefore seen their share of the Arctic population slowly increase over the past two decades, their rights remain fragile. Moscow does not consider the Arctic to have a specific status due to the presence of indigenous peoples, and its reading of the region is still very much shaped by the imperial past, the memory of an easy conquest (osvoenie) of territories deemed “unpopulated,” and the exploitation of the region’s subsoil resources.

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Introduction

Agri-cultures in the Anthropocene

Martin Skrydstrup and Hyun-Gwi Park

Today when we think about climate change and Greenland, we do not think about agriculture, but of the melting ice. Perhaps the most evocative articulation of this connection was made in December 2015, when Paris was hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21. At this event, artist Olafur Elisasson and geologist Minik Rosing exhibited their art installation Ice Watch at the Place du Pantheon: a circle of icebergs with a circumference of twenty meters, which resembled a watch ticking and/or a compass providing orientation for the world’s leaders in the palm of Paris. The ice had been transported by tugboat from the harbor of Nuuk—Greenland’s capital—to France. The captain of the tugboat was Kuupik Kleist, former prime minister of Greenland, who was quoted saying: “Ninety per cent of our country is covered by ice. It is a great part of our national identity. We follow the international discussion, of course, but to every Greenlander, just by looking out the window at home, it is obvious that something dramatic is happening” (Zarin 2015).

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Elizabeth Plumridge, Conal McCarthy, Kaitlin McCormick, Mark O'Neill, Lee Davidson, Vivian Ting, Alison K. Brown, and Arkotong Longkumer

BENNETT, Tony, Making Culture, Changing Society

GOLDING, Viv, and Wayne MODEST, eds., Museums and Communities: Curators, Collections and Collaboration

KRMPOTICH, Cara, and Laura PEERS, eds., This Is Our Life: Haida Material Heritage and Changing Museum Practice

MESSAGE, Kylie, Museums and Social Activism: Engaged Protest

SCOTT, Carol, ed., Museums and Public Value: Creating Sustainable Futures

SU, Xiaobo, and Peggy TEO, The Politics of Heritage Tourism in China: A View from Lijiang

VAN BROEKHOVEN, Laura, et al., eds., Sharing Knowledge and Cultural Heritage: First Nations of the Americas—Studies in Collaboration with Indigenous Peoples from Greenland, North and South America

WEST, Andy, Museums, Colonialism and Identity: A History of Naga Collections in Britain

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Ksenia Gavrilova

Seyfrit 1994 ). One of the crucial trends of rural–urban youth migration in different Arctic countries is known as female flight . Using data from Alaska (with brief comparison to situations in Greenland, Iceland, and Russia), Lawrence Hamilton and

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An Environmentally Literate Explorer

A. E. Nordenskiöld’s Three Expeditions to the North Asian Coast, 1875–1879

Seija A. Niemi

expeditions covered a vast area, from Greenland in the west to the Bering Strait in the east ( Kish 1973: 495 ; Nathorst 1902: 142 ; Nordenskiöld 1877b: 25–26 ). According to the Swedish geologist Alfred Nathorst, Torell’s expedition of 1861 formed the

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Who cares about the cargo?

Container economies in a European transshipment port

Hege Høyer Leivestad

for the smuggling of both illegal goods and human cargo ( Chu 2016 ; Greenland 2018 ). Not all the containers passing through the port even have anything inside them: 30 percent of all shipping containers that are transported around the world are