The Art of the Igloo: The Vernacular Architecture of the Arctic

Michael Evans (Peru State College)

In the Inuktitut language, igloo means a house of any kind. Traditional igloos were constructed of snow, as in the classic icon, but also sod and hides. Regardless of materials used, the architectural form held remarkably consistent, refined over centuries in a brutally harsh climate. And as with any domicile, the way the igloo was built, and by whom—and how it was managed, and by whom—simultaneously reflected, negotiated, recapitulated, and challenged cultural norms. The replacement of the traditional igloo with prefab houses disrupts many of these long-established relationships, forcing a shift in the unspoken language of the home.

Part of 07-13 Native American Expressive Cultures, Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am