Center for Alaska Native Health Research
Institute of Arctic Biology
205 Arctic Health Research Building


Phone: 907-474-5528

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Developing Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Arctic: Examining the Impacts of Settlement on Socialization and Youth Experience in Alaska and Siberia

Dr. Rasmus at reindeer herding campThis study explores the research methods and practices of two indigenous anthropologists working with indigenous youth and communities on issues related to social change and wellbeing in the circumpolar north. The study uses ethnographic peer observation as a novel approach for conducting comparative, collaborative and indigenous community-engaged social science research in the Arctic.

Dr. Ulturgasheva participating in a ritual

This study aims to (1) develop Indigenous approaches to arctic social science research that involves the translation of local best practices (e.g. efficacy of hunting or reindeer herding partnerships in the production of food) to research practices (e.g. collaborative ethnography in the production community knowledge) and (2) test these approaches through a collaborative, ethnographic fieldwork exchange in Alaska and Siberia.

Project Collaboration Team
Dr. Stacy Rasmus (UAF), Alaska Site PI
Dr. Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Manchester), Siberian Site PI

National Science Foundation, NSF 1207849

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