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ANTH 404 Circumpolar Ethnography

Library research guide for Dr. Pat Moore's ANTH 404 class, Circumpolar Ethnography (Fall 2018).


There are a range of official organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, who have assumed a role in the development of Arctic cooperation. This page lists some key examples. Materials published by these organizations may be useful for your research as they typically disseminate materials that qualify as primary sources, such as research findings, statistics/data sets, project reports, news items, and policy statements.

Intergovernmental Organizations

Intergovernmental Organizations
  • The Arctic Council The Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

Indigenous People Organizations

  • Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)  : international non-government organization representing approximately 160,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia)
  • Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada
  • Saami Council - The Saami Council is a voluntary Saami organization (a non–governmental organization), with Saami member organizations in Finland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. Since it was founded in 1956 the Saami Council has actively dealt with Saami policy tasks.
  • Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) the Russian umbrella organization which organizes 35 regional and ethnic organizations of indigenous peoples in the regions where they live. RAIPON represents 41 groups of Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.