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Research Projects

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Creating audio-video Archives of Labrador Inuit

Researcher: Mark David Turner
Contact email: mark.turner@mun.ca

This project has two main goals; first is the development of a comprehensive collection of film, video and audio materials created by, about and for Labrador Inuit. Second is to use those materials as a catalyst to create education and training and opportunities for Labrador Inuit. By treating these documents as tools, our hope is to push beyond the boundaries of the traditional archive and to create a space for Labrador Inuit to learn, create and, vitally, to imagine. My personal research on the historical development of audio-visual media in Nunatsiavut dovetails with these objectives. Working closely with and as an employee of the Nain-based OKâlaKatiget Society, Dr Turner is interested in the formation of media practice and its relationship to forms of aesthetic, social and political organization.

For the past number of years, archivist Mark Turner, has been working in Nunatsiavut splitting his time between the media archives, media practice and music. In Rigolet Turner continued to work closely with the InoKatigekuluit language committee and the My Word: Storytelling and Digital Media Lab on the Rigolet Inuktut Living Archive Project. In Nain, Hopedale and Makkovik Turner was engaged in the revival of the Moravian Brass Band tradition, serving as instructor and resource person for the Tittulautet Nunatsiavuttini / Nunatsiavut Brass Bands project. In Makkovik, Turner worked closely with the White Elephant Museum to create an archive of Uncle Jim Andersen's media and papers. Under Tradition & Transition Dr Turner's hope is to continue work on these as well as new initiatives, such as a pan-Nunatsiavut community digitization project and further develop digital storytelling centres.