Conducting Research at the Cemetery at Nuvuk (Anne Jensen)

Video Shot in: 2009

Jensen describes the migration of the Inuit people and their language across a vast area, from Nome, Alaska, to Greenland, which explains that despite the different dialects, people in this vast region all speak a language that is mutually intelligible. The Inuit people have faced various linguistic challenges, such as adapting words due to cultural traditions. Jensen suggests that the Inuit people migrated from Alaska to Greenland around 1100-1200 A.D and that they were likely aided by their experiences living and traveling in cold environments. Finally, Dr. Jensen talks about the discovery of an almost complete pot made from Point Barrow clay on the other side of the Arctic, suggesting that whoever it was that brought the pot must have crossed the region in just a few years.