Project Jukebox Offers Oral History of Sea Ice in Northern Alaska

February 9, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

Young ice forming along the coast in front of Barrow, Alaska, November 14, 2013.

Photo by Dyre "Oliver" Dammann

The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is proud to announce the completion of the Northern Alaska Sea Ice Project Jukebox, publically available on-line at The website catalogs oral history recordings that offer a rich understanding of sea ice and changing conditions in the north.

The collection includes interviews with 26 residents of the North Slope of Alaska recorded between 1978 and 2013, detailing their observations of changing sea ice conditions over time. Through these interviews, Project Jukebox aims to contribute to the scientific community’s understanding of sea ice and climate change over a longer timeframe and through a broader lens, as well as to help the Inupiaq community share traditional knowledge between generations.

Project Jukebox brings great value to Arctic researchers aiming to incorporate traditional knowledge in their work, and presents an opportunity for cross-cutting, interdisciplinary research.

This project was supported by funding from the North Pacific Research Board.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Karen Brewster, Research Associate, University of Alaska Fairbanks
(907) 474-6672

Leslie McCartney, Curator of Oral History, University of Alaska Fairbanks
(907) 474-7737

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Karen Brewster


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