Chapter 15: The Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas
Darren Keith¹, Kim Crockatt¹, Amos Hayes²
¹Kitikmeot Heritage Society
²Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
During its long-term project to preserve and promote the traditional Inuktitut place names of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Heritage Society (KHS) has developed a methodology for collecting place-related oral traditions that reflects the organization's commitment to interpreting place-name meanings through the voices of knowledge holders. In collaboration with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre of Carleton University, the KHS has been able to develop an interactive, multimedia cartographic product that allows for the transmission of Inuit traditional knowledge through the voices of Inuit knowledge holders themselves. In the Kitikmeot Place Name Atlas, we see the beginnings of an Inuit adaptation of the technology of cartography as an authentic vehicle for the preservation and transmission of place-related traditional knowledge.
Keywords: Cambridge Bay; Inuit place names; Inuit traditional knowledge; Kitikmeot; Narratives; Nunavut; Oral traditions.