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Jørgen Meldgaard

Self portrait from the field work in Igloolik, 1954

The project


The project is divided into several units:


Unit 1:

Registration and digitizing of the archives. The archives will be sorted and preserved according to the guidelines at the Etnographis Department. All archives, photos and filmclips will be available in the database.


Unit 2:

Paleo-eskimoes in the eastern Arctic Canada. Through ne methods of analyzing Meldgaards data and finds, primarily from the Igloolik-area in the high arctic Canada and from the permafrozen site Qajaa in Westgreenland, the project will contribute with new knowledge about the chronology, architecture, dwellings, patterns of settlement, technology and cultural network of the pale-eskimoes.


Unit 2 is divided into
Unit 2a: Settlements by Igloolik and the main area.
Unit 2b: Qajaa and the paleo-eskimo pioneers in Greenland.
Unit 2c: From Nuuk to Thule.


Unit 3:

Artefacts, art, context and dialogs. The American anthropologist Edmund Carpenter and Jørgen Meldgaard shared a great interest for the early inuit art. These two grand old men was also deeply enrolled in the well-being of the present arctic societies. In that spirit the aim for the project is to bring the many archives, films and photos Meldgaard left from the Igloolik of the 1950's back to the local society for them to know about and actively use.



Meldgaards Vinland Vision

In 2010 the book Meldgaards Vinland Vision was published. Download a copy (pdf)

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