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Qimmit and Qamutiks: Tracing the Origins of Dog Sledding in the North American Arctic

The dog sled is one of the most iconic images in Canadian and Arctic history, yet its origins and evolution in North America are not well understood. Dog sleds have been an essential part of life for the Inuit peoples of the Arctic for hundreds of years and were instrumental in the exploration and early settlement of the Canadian interior and Arctic regions. University of Alberta PhD student Katherine Latham will discuss the history of dog sledding and how she is using archaeological evidence to investigate its origins and evolution in North America.


When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Strathcona Library

About the Presenter: 

Katherine Latham is an archaeologist who specializes in the study of human-animal relationships with a focus on human-dog interactions. Her current research explores the emergence of dogsledding in the North American Arctic.


About On the Edge: Speaker Series

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. It is presented by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and hosted at the Strathcona Library Branch every month. Everyone is invited to attend these sessions.

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