Carol Zane Jolles, Anthropology
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Inupiaq Culture Change
Inupiaq Culture Change (identified formally as Collaborative Research-Change and Its Impact on Culture, Economy and Identity in Three North Bering Strait Alaskan Iņupiat Societies: Little Diomede Island, King Island, Wales) is an on-going project funded by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, Arctic Sciences Division, Arctic Social Sciences program. It began in October 2001 and will continue through September 2005. The project involves multi-generational interviews with the three Iņupiaq (Eskimo) communities mentioned above. Research for two of the three, Little Diomede Island and Wales, is being carried out by Jolles, the principal investigator, with assistance from an Iņupiaq colleague in Anchorage. Research for the third community, King Island, is based at Oregon State. All Research for the third community, King Island, is based at Oregon State. All raw data generated by the project including interviews with community members, photographs, videos, and all associated graphics created by the communities such as maps, diagrams, and other drawings will be or have already been returned to the respective communities in bound notebook form. Notebook contents include transcribed interviews, maps, drawings, diagrams, and photographs; every household receives a notebook of the research carried out in their particular community. In addition to current data, data collected prior to the project's inception is also included in notebooks presently in preparation. In effect the project represents an extensive community knowledge repatriation effort. The project has relied especially on the services provided by CARTAH to prepare graphic materials.