New digital atlas to share Inuit ethnographic materials from Arctic expedition

May 4, 2016

The first phase of work has been completed on a new digital atlas that will return ethnographic information and traditional knowledge to Inuit communities. The Fifth Thule Atlas is the product of a partnership between the Kitikmeot Heritage Society, Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, and the National Museum of Denmark. The digital atlas will feature ethnographic materials collected during Danish anthropologist Knud Rasmussen’s Arctic expedition from 1921–1924; vast amounts of oral traditions, place names, linguistic information, Inuit-drawn maps, photographs, and ethnographic objects will be shared via video, 3D artifact scans, photospheres and digitized drawings, maps, and field notes. Additional regional groups and materials will be added in the future. The atlas framework is designed to operate on lower bandwidth to ensure it is accessible by Inuit communities across the North.