Environmental Change, Indigenous Knowledge, and Subsistence on Alaska's North Slope

The Scholar and Feminist Online, No. 7.1, Fall 2008

24 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009

See all articles by Chris J. Cuomo

Chris J. Cuomo

University of Georgia

Wendy Eisner

University of Cincinnati

Kenneth Hinkel

University of Cincinnati

Date Written: September 16, 2008

Abstract

In this article we discuss an ongoing research project that links the knowledge and experience of Iñupiat Eskimo elders, hunters, and berry harvesters with scientific observations and methods, to better understand environmental change on the Arctic Coastal Plain.[2] Quantitative scientific questions about climate-related changes to the Alaskan tundra are at the heart of our study, but this is also an interview-intensive interdisciplinary project that utilizes mixed methods and generates a range of "secondary" findings. Our primary goal here is to provide a preliminary presentation of some of the important qualitative data that has emerged from our interviews with Iñupiat participants concerning climate change, subsistence, community values, and women's roles. We also provide detail on the background, methods, and objectives of our research, to help readers better understand the situation in northern Alaska, and to present our methodology for assessment by a multidisciplinary and multicultural audience.

Keywords: climate change, tundra, Inupiaq, women

Suggested Citation

Cuomo, Chris J. and Eisner, Wendy and Hinkel, Kenneth, Environmental Change, Indigenous Knowledge, and Subsistence on Alaska's North Slope (September 16, 2008). The Scholar and Feminist Online, No. 7.1, Fall 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1474410

Chris J. Cuomo (Contact Author)

University of Georgia ( email )

Peabody Hall
Athens, GA 30602
United States

Wendy Eisner

University of Cincinnati ( email )

United States

Kenneth Hinkel

University of Cincinnati ( email )

United States

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