I AM INUIT: Meet the people of the Arctic

November 16, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

For the people who reside there, Alaska's Arctic isn't a curiosity, a wasteland or an untouched wilderness — it is home.

It is this human dimension of the Arctic that is the focus of "I Am Inuit," a project launched in July 2015 by the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska (ICC-Alaska). "Through I Am Inuit, we would like to connect the general public with the Arctic through our shared humanity," said ICC-Alaska President Jim Stotts. "Human stories — the stories of real people — are the most meaningful way we can begin to understand one another."

Adams' environmental portraiture has been showcased in galleries throughout the United States and in his 2013 book of photography, I Am Alaskan.

In each community he visits, Adams is collecting the portraits and stories of the indigenous people of Alaska's Arctic. The photos and stories will be shared on I Am Inuit's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) and on a website dedicated to the project, www.iaminuit.org. Publication of a book is also planned. "Most often, when people think of the Arctic and Alaska, they think of polar bears and natural resources," Stotts said. "They don't realize that Inuit have thrived in the Arctic for thousands of years. I Am Inuit celebrates our culture and society, and we hope it will help our fellow Americans better understand the Arctic."

I Am Inuit has already visited Quinhagak, Teller, and Shungnak. Travel will continue through the winter, with visits planned to Point Hope, Wainwright, Anaktuvuk Pass, Kaktovik, Buckland, Noorvik, Noatak, Shishmaref, Shaktoolik, White Mountain, Hooper Bay, Alakanuk, and Tuluksak. It is hoped that eventually the project may be expanded to other Arctic countries. 


Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Caroline Behe, Inuit Circumpolar Council

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