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.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Voices and Images of Nunavimmiut

Based on articles originally published in the periodicals of Makivik Corporation, beginning in 1974 with Taqralik Magazine and continuing through the current Makivik Magazine

Beginning with the spoken word and tracing its evolution through the modernizing culture surrounding it, the people of Nunavik continue making themselves heard as the only true representatives for their needs and aspirations in the face of economic, cultural and environmental changes. 

The Makivik Corporation is the legal representative of Quebec’s Inuit people, established in 1978 under the terms of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the agreement that established the institutions of Nunavik. Makivik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language, as well as the health, welfare, education, and relief of poverty for Inuit in their communities.. As such, it is the heir of the Northern Quebec Inuit Association which signed the agreement with the governments of Quebec and Canada. Its principal responsibility is the administration of Inuit lands. It also has a mandate to promote the economic and social development of Inuit society in Nunavik. The Makivik Corporation is empowered to negotiate new agreements with governments on behalf of the Quebec Inuit and to represent them. Makivik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, education and relief of poverty for Inuit in their communities.

Forthcoming volumes include Economic Development, 2 volumes, and an extensive history of Makivik Corporation and its parallel to development in Nunavik.

Volume 1: Stories and Tales
Introduction by Minnie Grey

Recorded here, long before the environmental and political effects of the later parts of the twentieth century, are the recollections of the people of Nunavik in their own words.

288 pages, Cloth, $29.95

Volume 2: Way of Life
Introduction by Alec Gordon

Categories include Language & Identity, Media, Youth & Education and Tradition. Among the material collected, examinations into the evolution of the written word, introduction of television and the traditions of music, hunting and craft are addressed. A unique opportunity to hear the authentic voices of a world in change.

288 pages, Cloth, $29.95
Volume 4: Children and Youth
Introduction by Mary Aitchison

Categories include Education, Health and Well-being, Culture and Leisure, and Governance and Leadership.

288 pages, Cloth, $29.95
Volume 3: Health
Introduction by Mary Kaye May

Categories include Environmental Contaminants, Addiction and Rehabilitation, Diet and Nutrition, and Care and Treatment.

288 pages, Cloth, $29.95
Volume 5: Environment Part I
Introduction by Johnny Peters

Categories include Natural and Renewable Resources and Protection of Wildlife

288 pages, Cloth, $29.95
Volume 6: Environment Part II
Introduction by Sheila Watt Cloutier

Categories include Contaminants, Land Use and Climate Change

256 pages, Cloth, $27.95

Titles distributed by McGill-Queens University Press.

IPI Press
Post Office Box 212
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

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