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16 April 2008

Museum Exhibit Highlights Arctic Climate Change

“Silavut: Inuit Voices in a Changing World” opened April 15 at the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder. A collaboration between NSIDC, the museum, and the community of Clyde River in Nunavut,Canada, the exhibit relates the story of climate change through Inuit eyes.

The exhibit explores the experience of one Arctic community, which is encountering changes in the environment that has sustained them for thousands of years. A small group of Inuit elders in Nunavut, Canada, partnered with the museum to review the content and facts, which draw from NSIDC scientist Shari Gearheard's research.

Gearheard has lived and worked in Clyde River, a small community in Nunavut, Canada, for nine years. She works directly with the Inuit community there, documenting their observations, including melting sea ice and changing wind patterns. “Silavut” means “our climate” in Inuktitut, the Inuit language, and the exhibit is part of the International Polar Year (IPY).

The exhibit runs from April 15, 2008, through March 15, 2009, at the University of Colorado Museum on the Boulder campus. For details on the exhibit, visit the exhibit Web site at the University of Colorado Museum: http://cumuseum.colorado.edu/Exhibits/InuitVoices/. For information on NSIDC involvement in the exhibit, please contact the NSIDC press office at srenfrow@nsidc.org or +1.303.492.1497.

 

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