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What Indigenous Knowledge Can Teach Us about the Arctic with Dr. Henry Huntington


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Indigenous Peoples have lived in the Arctic for millennia. Their knowledge of and relationship to their environment holds many lessons for the world to heed.

Indigenous Peoples have learned to thrive in an environment that leaves little margin for error. Their knowledge has guided explorers and scientists, often without credit. More recently, Indigenous expertise has been recognized and celebrated more widely.

In this seminar, Henry Huntington will describe his experiences from over 25 years of working with Indigenous communities in the Arctic. In that time, Indigenous knowledge has risen in prominence among scientists and government agencies responsible for managing Arctic resources. Much remains to be done, however, to incorporate Indigenous understanding into decision-making that will determine the future of the region. Stories of research and conservation will illustrate what has been achieved and what lies ahead.

Led by an expert on Arctic science and policy, Henry Huntington, this interactive seminar will explore why Indigenous knowledge matters for the Arctic and what makes that knowledge distinct. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the peoples, environment, and significance of the Arctic.

Henry P. Huntington earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University and his master’s and a doctorate in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, where he works as an independent researcher and on Arctic Ocean conservation for Ocean Conservancy. Huntington’s research activities include reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of marine mammals, examining Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and Arctic marine mammals. Huntington has been involved in a number of international research programs, such as the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, the Program for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. He was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences committee on emerging research questions in the Arctic and a member of the Council of Canadian Academies panel on the state of knowledge of food security in the North. Huntington has written many academic and popular articles, as well as three books. He has made long trips in the Arctic by dog team, open boat, and snowmobile.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Really interesting and well-designed seminar

The topic of this seminar is so important as we face the environmental failures of the past century, given the importance of the Arctic to the worldwide climate. Dr. Huntington gave a really well-organized and meaningful lecture on the importance of indigenous knowledge, the forms of knowledge, with great examples. His visuals were also excellent. He is a very organized speaker who presents his material very clearly. Highly recommended.

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Interesting seminar

The presenter has traveled widely in the Arctic and has met and worked with many indigenous peoples, so he has a wealth of experience to draw on. I learned a lot about how indigenous people in the Arctic relate to their environment and the animals they hunt and fish for.

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Really interesting and well-designed seminar

The topic of this seminar is so important as we face the environmental failures of the past century, given the importance of the Arctic to the worldwide climate. Dr. Huntington gave a really well-organized and meaningful lecture on the importance of indigenous knowledge, the forms of knowledge, with great examples. His visuals were also excellent. He is a very organized speaker who presents his material very clearly. Highly recommended.

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J.
Interesting seminar

The presenter has traveled widely in the Arctic and has met and worked with many indigenous peoples, so he has a wealth of experience to draw on. I learned a lot about how indigenous people in the Arctic relate to their environment and the animals they hunt and fish for.