Saturday, 5 September 2009

Arctos Canadensis

Arctos Canadensis

Arctos (ark-tos): is the greek word for "bear." It frequently appears in
taxonomies for genus and species: such as ursus arctos beringianus (the
Siberian Brown Bear), arctostaphylos rubra (Red Bearberry, sometimes
called kinnikinnik), and chrysomyxa arctostaphyli (Spruce Broom Rust, a
source of Witches' Broom in Spruce trees). As a loan word in Latin, it
also sometimes has the meaning "north pole," "north wind," "polar region,"
and "night."

Canadensis (can-ah-den-sis): a taxonomic identifier like groenlandica,
europaea, or alpina indicating regional distinctiveness or varieties.

This is a bookmarking and news aggregation site.

I have several aims with the site: track my own reading habits on the web;
compile a growing and searchable database of northern news stories and
related issues; and promote different sites and resources offering
creative and innovative approaches to web communications and new media
focusing on northern Canada and the arctic.

I am an anthropologist, and I have lived and worked with First Nations
communities in northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the arctic. I am
currently completing a PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago. I
am also an avid wilderness canoer, and have traveled widely in Nunavut and
the Northwest Territories. Arctos Canadensis is a component of a larger
site (blog, library, and travelogue), and brings together many of my
interests in film, anthropology, canoeing, sustainable development, First
Nations, graphic arts, natural history, new media, and web design.

Over time I hope to provide additional search and visualization tools for
browsing news stories on the site. The database can be viewed as an
expanding reference library for users, and can hopefully lead to
additional opportunities for web exploration and discovery, departure
points for research and enjoyment, and appreciation for the diversity and
creativity of new media experiments and innovative web design. Please
forward any suggestions you may have to improve the site and make it
relevant to a general audience. I am interested in learning from others
and building a shared sense of community and mutual interest around
northern topics and themes.


Chasing my Dreams – For this summer's adventure, we are paddling the Mara
and Burnside Rivers in Nunavut Territory from the headwaters at Nose Lake
to Bathurst Inlet on the Arctic Ocean. This trip completes a series of
trips I began in 2000 on the Coppermine and last summer on the Hood River.
Sir John Franklin explored the area in 1821 and 1822 on his tragic first
Royal Navy expedition down the Coppermine and back up the Hood River and
over land and across the Burnside River. We are bringing plenty of food
and gear for the 20 day trip. We should see caribou, wolves, muskox as
well as hawks, falcons and eagles. Getting there is half the fun.

[Ed Note: Photos are viable only via a Windows Live account, shame.]

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