Friday, January 9, 2015


The Diary of Johannes Hansen
Expedition to Eastern Greenland: 1884-1885
Translated by L.S. Johanson
160 pages, 4.25 x 7.5" 
Paper, $19.95      ISBN 978-0-9829155-9-2

      The catechist Johannes Hansen, called Hanserak, a Greenlandic missionary, was part of Captain Gustav Holm’s well-known umiaq expedition to the east coast of Greenland (1884–1885) which passed the winter in Angmagssalik and discovered 11 Inuit communities. 
      His diary is a series of extremely interesting sketches of the remarkable customs and practices of 
the native people, and was reported in the pages of Atuagagdliutit, the first Greenlandic newspaper. 
This work examines the people of eastern Greenland at the later stages of the 19th century in 
diaristic form, but with the compassion and empathy of a native. Material of this kind is very 
rare and significant for understanding the longer, mostly unknown, evolution of 
Greenlandic culture in the midst of Danish colonization. 

Distributed by University Press of New England (

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Titles

Voices and Images of Nunavimmiut

Nunavik's transformation from a subsistence economy to a diversified economy.

Detailed accounts of the successes and failures of the active transformation of the Inuit of Northern Quebec over the past forty years. These volumes tell the story of how a determined people, with the support of the Makivik Corporation, have become economically strong and may well play an important role in the future economic growth of both Quebec and Canada.

Volume 7: Economic Development, Part I
Introduction by Pita Aatami

Communication, Natural Resources and Tourism

ISBN 978-0-9829155-7-8
288 pages    $29.95 cloth

Volume 8: Economic Development, Part II
Introduction by Neil Greig   

Business & Investment, Housing & Construction and
Careers & Training

ISBN 978-0-9829155-8-5
288 pages   $29.95 cloth

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Meaning of Ice wins Mills Prize

The Meaning of Ice Wins 2014 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books

August 25, 2014 - The Polar Libraries Colloquy is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books is The Meaning of Ice: People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities, published by International Polar Institute Press. 

The prize winner was announced at an awards ceremony on July 3, 2014 in Cambridge, UK, at the Polar Library Colloquy's biennial conference. The Polar Libraries Colloquy is an international organization of librarians and others interested in the collection, preservation and dissemination of polar information. 

The William Mills Book Prize is awarded every two years and honours the best Arctic or Antarctic non-fiction books published throughout the world. The prize includes a $300 US award and was first presented in 2006. It is named in honour of William Mills, a polar librarian and author, and a core member of the Polar Libraries Colloquy during its formative years.

The 2014 William Mills Prize winner was selected by a group of Polar Libraries Colloquy members from the United States and Canada. Seventeen nominations qualified for consideration this year, the most ever since the inception of the prize.

As the publisher’s description explains, "The Meaning of Ice celebrates Arctic sea ice as it is seen and experienced by the Inuit of Canada, the Iñupiat of Alaska, and the Inughuit of Greenland, who for generations have lived with it and thrived on what it offers. The Meaning of Ice is an important contribution to understanding the Arctic and its people at a time when the region is undergoing profound change, not least in terms of sea ice.”

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Eden of the North
Signe Rink
Translated by L.S. Johanson
September 2014
4.25 x 7.5", 192 pages, $19.95

First english translation of this 19th century novel tracing relationship between traditional Greenlandic life and the culture of their Danish colonizers.

These first hand accounts of Greenlanders have rarely been recorded. Written in 1887, with exquisite poetic detail, the dynamics driving ritual, domestic affairs and women’s place in society are described as never before. 

Signe Miller (nee Rink,1836-1909) was born and raised in Greenland. At 14 she was sent to Denmark to be educated. While there she met and married Johannes Rink, the geologist. Through her husband, they returned to Greenland and began many initiatives, including the first newspaper (Atuagagdliutit, 1861- still extant) and in depth studies of the Greenlandic culture (The Eskimo tribes: their distributions and characteristics, especially in regard to language, with a comparative vocabulary and a sketch-map)

This novel was written after Signe returned to Denmark in 1883, as well as two others in 1886 and 1902 (Eden of the North, 1887). She remains the first female interpreter of Greenlandic culture and maintains a poetic style only achieved by the deepest of empathies developed after many years of living and working among Inuit as a woman and a scientist.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


The Meaning of Ice
People and Sea Ice in Three Arctic Communities
Edited by Shari Fox Gearheard, Lene Kielsen Holm, Henry Huntington, Joe Mello Leavitt, Andrew R. Mahoney, Margaret Opie, Toku Oshima and Joelie Sanguya

 The Meaning of Ice celebrates Arctic sea ice as it is seen and experienced by the Inuit, Iñupiat, and Inughuit, who for generations have lived with it and thrived on what it offers. With extensive details offered through their own drawings and writings, this book describes the great depth of Inuit, Iñupiat, and Inughuit knowledge of sea ice and the critical and complex role it plays in their relationships with their environment and with one another. Over forty Inuit, Iñupiat, and Inughuit from three different Arctic communities contributed stories, original artwork, hand-drawn illustrations, maps, family photos, and even recipes to this book. Professional and historical photographs, children’s artwork, and innovative graphics add more to the story of The Meaning of Ice.

The Meaning of Ice is an important contribution to understanding the Arctic and its people at a time when the region is undergoing profound change, not least in terms of sea ice. It takes readers beyond what sea ice is, to broaden our appreciation of what sea ice means.

Sample pages from The Meaning of Ice:

$50.00 cloth 
412 pages,  illustrated  throughout
ISBN 9780982170397

Available from University Press of New England 
(link here)

IPI Press
Post Office Box 212
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755