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Walls, Matthew Daniel

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Oxford U.
Completed Grant
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Project Title
Walls, Dr. Matthew, U. of Oxford, Oxford, UK - To aid engaged activities on 'Traditional Kayaking and Embodied Heritage in Greenland,' 2014, Greenland

DR. MATTHEW WALLS, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, was awarded funding in Feburary 2014 to aid engaged activities on 'Traditional Kayaking and Embodied Heritage in Greenland.' This engagment project was designed to involve local community members who participated in Wenner-Gren funded research in the final phase of producing an ethnoarchaeological film about traditional kayaking in Greenland. The film is Kalaallisut
(Greenlandic), and it documents how Inuit develop unique forms of sensory awareness and cultural knowledge through the physicality of kayaking. It is assembled from excerpts of interviews and demonstrations of traditional practices that were developed as a partnership between 2009-2011. Returning to Greenland was an opportunity to present a rough cut of the film, and open the editing process to the community to ensure they can hear their own voices in the final version. The project will benefit the community because it will result in something accessible, which they will have co-produced, and it will help to built future research partnerships.