Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Episode 8: Can You See the Ice?


Ipiirvik of Cumberland Sound

In the 1800s, explorers and whalers returned home from the Arctic described a cold, desolate world, one that could swallow up expeditions without leaving a trace. But this did not describe the Arctic of the Inuit, who called this world their home.

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Karen Routledge

Today Karen Routledge tells the story of Baffin Island’s Inuit community as they came into contact with western whalers and explorers in the nineteenth century. Routledge is a historian for Parks Canada. She works and travels in the parks of Nunavut. Her new book, Can You See the Ice (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), tells the story of the Inuit of Cumberland Sound. Even though the Inuit worked closely with outsiders, their views of the Arctic world, of the meaning of home, even time itself, remained far apart.


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