Working as an Archaeologist and then Director of BASC (Glenn Sheehan)

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Glenn Sheehan has been a resident of Barrow, Alaska, now called Utqiaġvik, since 1996, but started conducting research in the area in 1981, initially as an archaeologist. He noticed that everything that people had discarded or lost in the area was preserved, and the community members were very knowledgeable about the history of the area and the tools that were used in the past. Later, he became involved with the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, a community-based organization that works to bring more science to the North Slope. The organization aims to help scientists collaborate with local people and students. Some scientists were initially resistant to this collaborative approach, but over time, they realized the value of learning from locals’ deep knowledge and experience.