Stories from the seams: Inuit research methodologies

November 25, 2021

6:00 pm

CUAG and Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project invite you to join Miqqusaaq Bernadette Dean, Augatnaaq Eccles and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski for a lively discussion on Inuit research methodologies.

We’ll convene on Zoom; please register here.  Everyone is welcome to this free event! Live captioning will be available.

Through a centering of their lived experiences, connections to their communities, and intergenerational knowledges, Miqqusaaq, Augatnaaq and Krista will discuss their navigations of and entanglements with academia and Euro-Western knowledge practices. They will share stories, memories, and experiences with research and knowledge production practices from the archives to the seams.

Here are some resources related to Nuvisi that you may wish to check out:

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, “The Traditional Knowledge Hidden in Qamani’tuaq’s Wallhangings,” Inuit Art Quarterly, 8 February 2021.

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski,”Glass Beads in Inuit Needlework from Past to Present,” Inuit Art Quarterly, 15 January 2021.

The Isuma film Inuit Piqutingit / What Belongs to Inuit, produced by Miqqusaaq Bernadette Dean, Katarina Soukup and Zacharias Kunuk

Reflections by Miqqusaaq Bernadette Dean and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad on an Inuit amauti (woman’s parka) in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History

Becky Tootoo’s reflections on a 2020 visit she made to the Glenbow Museum collection.


Augatnaaq Eccles was born and raised in Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), Nunavut. She is an undergraduate student in History and English  at Carleton University, and plans to attend teachers’ college. She started sewing at 18, with the help and instruction of her friend Parker and her aunts. She now works with Martha Kyak, whose mentorship and knowledge have allowed her to improve her sewing skills and gain experience sewing in a professional setting. A lot of Augatnaaq’s work is inspired by the parkas her anaanatsiaq lovingly made for her and her siblings. Sewing allows Augatnaaq to connect with her culture and feel close to home, while also serving as a way to explore her creativity.

Miqqusaaq Bernadette Dean grew up in Coral Harbour on Southampton Island in northern Hudson’s Bay, where the spring and summer seasons were spent on the land hunting, fishing and harvesting. Since then, she has lived in different communities in Nunavut and has worked very closely with Elders and youth on cultural program development, culture camps for Inuit youth and women, and Inuktitut language preservation projects that resulted in record albums with traditional Inuit and contemporary songs, stories and legends. She has been a cultural advisor for museum exhibitions and documentary films about Inuit and Arctic history. She produced and co-directed Inuit Piqutingit (What belongs to Inuit) with Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk.

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski (Inuk/Inuit) is from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Zawadski has an MA in Anthropology from UBCand has focused her education and career on Arctic anthropology and archaeology, museology and collections-based research, with an emphasis on fostering accessibility to collections for Inuit. Zawadski co-curated with three other Inuit the inaugural exhibition, INUA, at Qaumajuq-WAG in Winnipeg (2021). As part of a graduate course, Zawadski also co-curated the exhibition Echoing the Land at the Indigenous Art Centre at CIRNAC in Gatineau (2019). She has written articles in Inuit Art Quarterly and Museum Anthropology, and is a PhD candidate at Carleton University.

Related exhibitions

Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads at Qatiktalik

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