The Alluitsoq Project

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Project Details

Title:The Alluitsoq Project
Abstract:The Alluitsoq Project is a community-based, collaborative research program investigating life at the former Moravian mission of Lichtenau (est. 1774) in South Greenland. It is designed to position descendant community members as key contributors for knowledge co-production, to support local Greenlandic scholars, to contribute to conversations on Arctic Indigneity, and to contribute to millennial-scale studies of climate adaptations. This work also mitigates the impacts of global climate change which is resulting in rapid loss of the archaeological record.

Cameron C. Turley (PI) is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His dissertation investigates ethnogenesis and political identity formation in Colonial-Period South Greenland using persistent and changing foodways as his material analytic. The research combines ethnographic and oral history interviews, archival material, and organic residue analysis to reconstruct and interpret changing culinary traditions.

The project supports PhD and MA theses for two Greenlandic students and one other American student: Aká Bendtsen is asking how adoption of new technologies entangles people, things, and global economies and politics to afford new actions in a dynamic culture. Kirstine E. Møller is investigating Noorliit (Neu Herrnhut, Nuuk), Alluitsoq, and Canadian missions to compare mixed Inuit cultural traditions at mission contact zones. Wendi K. Coleman is considering peoples' changing relationships with the environment as seen in shifting subsistence patterns while interacting with imperial networks.

Additionally, the Alluitsoq Project is a contributor to the NSF-supported "Co-production of scientific knowledge and the building of local archeological capacity in Greenland" project by adding colonial-period datasets to the millennial-scale study of human-environment interactions and climate adaptations in Greenland.

Keywords:Indigenous Archaology, Greenland, Lichtenau, Moravian, Community-based, Collaborative, Colonial
Sponsors/Funders: National Science Foundation
Wenner-Gren Foundation
American-Scandinavian Foundation
Lois Roth Endowment
Region:Kujalleq Municipality / Kommune Kujalleq
Project Start Year:2019
Projected End Year:2022

Account Owner

Contact: Cameron Turley
Institution: The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Postal Address: 365 5th Ave,

New York,

NY 10016

Post Code: 10016

Project Content

PDF File
Greenland Science Week 2019 Poster [1.40 MB]
Created for the "Science for You" poster session of Greenland Science Week 2019, this poster gives a brief overview of the project and some preliminary results as of October 2019.

Project Location

Latitude: 60.507188°N
Longitude: 45.537677°W