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Igor Krupnik
Igor Krupnik

Igor Krupnik


Division: Arctic Studies Center

Area of Specialization:
Arctic, Northern and Northwest Coast Ethnology

Fax:  202-357-2684
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Full Doctorate degree (equivalent to the German Habilitat) from the Severtsev Institute of Ecology in Moscow (1991)
PhD in Anthropology from the Institute of Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences (1977)
BA in Ecology/Physical Geography from the School of Geography, University of Moscow in Moscow, Russia

Professional Activities:

Editorial Board member, Arctic Anthropology, Etudes/Inuit/Studies, and Acta Borealia
Founding member and Council member in 1990–1995 and 2004–2008, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

Major contributions include his involvement in the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2008. Krupnik serves on the Joint Committee, the main international steering body for IPY (since 2004), on which he represents the field of social and human studies. Krupnik was instrumental in bringing social/human research and collaboration with polar residents to the IPY agenda; he played major role in developing the Smithsonian program for IPY, including major workshop, Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to IPY Sciences (May 2007) and the subsequent publication of its proceedings. Krupnik’s contribution to the IPY 2007–2008 is an international project called SIKU (Sea Ice Knowledge and Use in the North), on which he coordinates activities of several research teams from Canada, U.S., Russia, Greenland, and France working with experts from over 20 indigenous communities from Bering Strait to Greenland.

For full CV visit Dr. Krupnik's bio on the the Arctic Studies Center website.

Major Research Interests:

He conducts fieldwork and research on modern Arctic people, their cultural heritage and knowledge; the impact of climate change on Arctic residents; and the preservation of indigenous languages and knowledge systems. Since joining the Smithsonian in 1991, Krupnik published 13 books, edited volumes and exhibit catalogs; guest-edited four special journal issues, and produced numerous papers in journals and collected volumes published in the U.S., Canada, UK, Japan, Russia, Germany, Denmark, and other countries.


Arctic Native People: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Cultural Heritage, Culture Change, and Contact History (Arctic, Alaska, Siberia); Climate Change, Indigenous Observations, Sea Ice, Marine Ecosystems (Arctic, Bering Sea Region); Ecological Anthropology, Subsistence and Demography; Hunter-Gatherers and Nomadic Societies; History of Arctic Science and Arctic Native Studies: International Polar Year, Arctic Ethnographic Collections; //

Selected Publications:

See: Arctic Studies Center Publications Series:
Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology
Arctic Studies Center website:
Arctic Studies Center Newsletter

Books and Edited Collections:

Smithsonian at the Poles. Contributions to International Polar Year 2007-2008 Science. Igor Krupnik, Michael Lang, and Scott Miller, eds. Smithsonian Contributions to
. Washington, DC., 2009.

Tropoyu Bogoraza (Along the Path of [Waldemar] Bogoras. Research and Literary Materials]. L.B. Bogoslovskaya, V.S. Krivoshchekov, and I. Krupnik, eds. Moscow, Russian Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage-Geos. 2008. (in Russian).

Osnovy morskogo zveroboinogo promysla (Marine Mammal Hunting: Scientific and Practical Handbook). With Lyudmila Bogoslovskaya, Ivan Slugin, and Igor Zagrebin. Moscow and Anadyr: Russian Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage and Chukotka Institute of Teachers’ Training, 2007 (in Russian).

The Bering Strait Universe: Cultures, Languages, History. Guest editor, with Yvon Csonka and Owen Mason. Alaska Journal of Anthropology, special issue, Vol. 4, no. 1-2. 2006.

Preserving Languages and Knowledge of the North. With Louis-Jacques Dorais. Special issue of the journal Études/Inuit/Studies, 29 (1-2). Guest co-editor. 2005.

Watching Ice and Weather Our Way. Sikumengllu Eslamengllu Esghapalleghput. C. Ozeeva, C. Noongwook, G. Noongwook, C. Alowa and Igor Krupnik. Edited by Igor Krupnik, Henry Huntington, Christopher Koonooka, and George Noongwook, eds. Arctic Studies Center and Marine Mammal Commission. Washington, DC. 2004.

Northern Ethnographic Landscapes. Perspectives from Circumpolar Nations. Igor Krupnik, Rachel Mason, and Tonia Horton, eds. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 6. Washington, DC: Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution. 2004.

Constructing Cultures Then and Now. Celebrating Franz Boas and the Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Laurel Kendall and Igor Krupnik, eds. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology, 4. Washington DC: Arctic Studies Center. 2003.

The Earth Is Faster Now. Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change. Igor Krupnik and Dyanna Jolly, eds. Fairbanks, AK: ARCUS. 2002.

Akuzilleput Igaqullghet: Our Words Put to Paper. Sourcebook in St. Lawrence Island Yupik Heritage and History. Igor Krupnik and Lars Krutak, comps. Igor Krupnik, Vera Metcalf, and Willis Walunga, eds. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 3. Arctic Studies Center: Washington DC. 2002.

Gateways. Exploring the Legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902. Igor Krupnik and William W. Fitzhugh, eds. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 1. Washington DC: Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution. 2001.

Pust’ govoriat nashi stariki. Rasskzay aziatskikh eskimosov-yupik (Let Our Elders Speak. Oral Stories of the Siberian Yupik Eskimo. Recordings of 1975-1990). I. Krupnik, comp. Moscow: Russian Heritage Institute. 2001 (in Russian)

Inuit, Whaling and Sustainability. M.M.R. Freeman, L. Bogoslovskaya, R.A. Caulfield, I. Egede, I. Krupnik, and M.G. Stevenson. Walnut Creek, CA, Altamira Press, 1999.

Living Yamal/Zhivoi Yamal. Bilingual Exhibit Catalog. With N. Narinskaya. Moscow: Sovetskii Sport. 1998. (in English and Russian)

Perekrestki kontinentov. Kul'tury korennykh narodov Dal'nego Vostoka i
. Russian version of the exhibit catalog: V. Chaussonnet, ed. Crossroads Alaska. Native Cultures of Alaska and Siberia, Arctic Studies Center, Washington DC, 1996.

Change, Interaction, and the Inuit Universe. Guest Editor, Etudes/Inuit/Studies, Special Issue Vol.18, n.1-2. 1994.

Arctic Adaptations. Native Whalers and Reindeer Herders of Northern
. Hanover and London, University Press of New England. 1993 (German edition, 1999).

Arkticheskaia etnoecologiia (Arctic Ethnoecology). Moscow: Nauka Pubishers. 1989 (in Russian).

Kitovaia alleia. Drevnosti ostrovov proliva Seniavina (Whalebone Alley. Antiquities of the Seniavin Strait Islands). S.A. Arutyunov, I.I. Krupnik, and M.A. Chlenov. Moscow: Nauka Publishers. 1982.

Selected Recent Papers:

“The Way We See It Coming”: Building the Legacy of Indigenous Observations in IPY 2007–2008. In Smithsonian at the Poles: Contributions to International Polar Year Science. Igor Krupnik, Michael Lang, and Scott Miller, eds. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press (2009),.

Distant Lands and Brave Pioneers: Original Thule Eskimo Migration Revisited. With Michail Chlenov. In: On the Track of the Thule Culture from Bering Strait to East Greenland. Grønnow, Bjarne (ed.) Publications from the National Museum. Studies in Archaeology and History, Vol. 15, Copenhagen (2009)

Kingikmi Sigum Qanuq Ilitaavut/Wales Inupiaq Sea Ice Dictionary. Winton Weyapuk, Jr., and Igor Krupnik, comps.112 pp. Arctic Studies Center and the Native Village of Wales (2008, preprint).

The End of “Eskimo Land”: Yupik relocations in Chukotka, 1958–1959. Igor Krupnik and Mikhail Chlenov. Etudes/Inuit/Studies. 31(1-2) (2007)

We Have Seen These Warm Weathers Before. Indigenous Observations, Archaeology, and the Modeling of Arctic Climate Change. In: Arneborg, Jette and Grønnow, Bjarne (eds.): Dynamics of Northern Societies. Publications from the National Museum, Studies in Archaeology and History, Vol. 10. Copenhagen (2006).

"When our words are put to paper." Heritage documentation and reversing knowledge shift in the Bering Strait region. Etudes/Inuit/Studies 29(1-2) (2005).

The Whole Story of Our Land. Ethnographic Landscape in Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. In Northern Ethnographic Landscapes: Perspectives from Circumpolar Nations. Igor Krupnik, Rachel Mason and Tonia W. Horton, eds. Pp. 203-227. Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 6. Washington, DC: Arctic Studies Center (2004).

Watching Ice and Weather Our Way: Some Lessons from Yupik Observations of Sea Ice and Weather on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. In: The Earth Is Faster Now: Indigenous Observations of Arctic Environmental Change. Igor Krupnik and Dyanna Jolly, eds. Fairbanks: ARCUS (2002).


Crossroads Siberia: Native Cultures of Alaska and Siberia (1996-97); Arktis und Antarktis. Section on Native Peoples of the Circumpolar Region (Bonn, 1997-98); Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely (2006).


American Book Award 2003, The Before Columbus Foundation – for: Akuzilleput Igaqullghet. Our Words Put to Paper (with Willis Walunga and Vera Metcalf).

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