Conversations is a series of six live webinars throughout 2021 bringing together Canadian and Alaska Inuit for moderated discussions with audience participation, providing information and insights on subjects important to Indigenous communities.

For more information on this series and additional resources visit the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Learning Lab.



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Conversations is led by a project advisory. We’d like to extend our thanks to:

  • Kacey Purruq Qunmiġu Hopson, Indigenous Knowledge Advocate, First Alaskans Institute

  • Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Artist

  • Taqralik Partridge, Director, Nordic Lab at SAW

  • Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, PhD Candidate, Carleton University 

Webinars introduced by Heather Campbell and Alyson Hardwick from the Inuit Art Foundation.

Past events

Conversations: Challenges to Inuit Art Sovereignty

Join Moderator Tanya Lukin Linklater and speakers Taqralik Partridge and Sven Haakanson for a conversation about challenges to Inuit sovereignty in the art world, at museums and beyond.

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Conversations: Activating to Inuit Art Sovereignty

Moderator Emily Henderson and speakers Dalee Sambo Dorough and Theresie Tungilik discuss activating Inuit art sovereignty.

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Conversations: Learning Across Generations and Back

Moderator Nadia Jackinsky-Sethi and speakers Miqqusaaq Bernadette Dean, Keneggnarkayaaggaq Emily Edenshaw, Kunaq Marjorie Tahbone and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski discuss intergenerational learning within Canadian and Alaska Inuit communities and programs.

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Conversations: Music within Inuit Cultures and Languages

Moderator Tiffany Ayalik and speakers James Dommek Jr., Byron Nicholai and Julia Ogina discuss the past, present and future of Inuit music.

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Conversations: Inuit Identities and Vitalization

Moderator Heather Igloliorte and speakers Christine Tootoo and Allison Akootchook Warden discuss the question “How do we establish our identities as Inuit artists today in a time of cultural vitalization and healing?"

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Conversations: Queer Inuit Art

Moderator Alice Qannik Glenn and speakers Ossie Michelin and Jenny Irene Miller discuss the possibilities of queer Inuit art with Michelin and Miller providing their perspectives and insights as queer Inuit artists working in a variety of media. 

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