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25 September 2017: Lecture Sean Desjardin

Modern hunting and Inuit livelihoods: the methods, ethics and sustainability of walrus hunting in the North American Arctic
Walrus, soapstone Inuit art
Walrus, soapstone Inuit art

In much of the Canadian Arctic, Inuit are roughly 60 years removed from a highly-mobile lifestyle organized around seasonal hunting of caribou and sea-mammals, such as ringed seals and walruses. Hunting remains a culturally important and economically sustaining activity for many in the North. However, much about the sustainability of Indigenous hunting economies is poorly understood. Many Inuit would argue that a sentimentalized view of certain prey species (particularly small seals) has significantly - and unduly - influenced policymakers. In this talk, Sean considers both sides of the conservation argument over sea-mammal hunting in the Arctic through a discussion of walrus hunting he has documented among Inuit in Arctic Canada and Yup'ik in southwestern Alaska. While each of these distantly-related groups carries out the hunt in a unique way, both conceive of hunting as a unifying and culture-defining practice.

When: 25 September 2017

Time: 19:30 - 21:30

Where: Arctic Centre - Entrance Herman Colleniusstraat

Fee: € 2,00 - Students free

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