The goal of my blog is to provide information and generate discussion about Inuit society and culture, particularly about new problems that the Inuit face (global warming, political development and environmental issues). A more general aim of the blog is to provide news about current events related to the Arctic.

I am an Italo-Canadian archaeologist and cultural expert currently living and working in Italy. For many years, I studied and worked in Canada, where I earned Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in archaeology at Laval University in Quebec City and Baccalaureate in Educational Sciences (Psycho-Pedagogy) at the University of Quebec at Montréal. My studies at Laval and  at Polytechnic of Torino (Italy) focused on Inuit culture and art in Canada and Greenland and on ancient military architecture and history. I am currently completing my Ph.D. in anthropology and ethnology at L’Ecole de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, with a dissertation entitled: Arnaq, Inuit Woman: Historical Memories of a Rapidly Changing Society.

In 1976, I began working for the Government of Canada (Canada Parks), and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Quebec, as an archaeologist and surveyor. In 1979, for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Quebec and the Laval University (Quebec) I collaborated on the organization of the International Congress “Pompeii. XIX Centuries of History”. At this conference I have also made a lecture, entitled: “Great paintings on the Dionysian frescoes at the Mysteries Villa of Pompeii”.

In 1979, for the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Quebec and the Laval University, I collaborated on the preparation of the exhibition “Pompeii 79-1979. XIX Centuries of History”. I have also curated the preliminary museographic project of the archaeological collections of Laval University, coming from the university archaeological excavations in Cyprus.

Since 1983, I live in Italy. I worked as an archaeologist for the Italian Ministry of Cultural (National and Regional Administrations) and for various Army and Fortifications Museums. I am now engaged in archaeological and cultural projects, often concerning the spreading of Cultural Heritage and the History of Canada and of the Inuit Culture of Canada (I am currently working on a large project on the history of the Inuit). I organize conferences and other activities to promote knowledge of Canadian life, arts, history and especially culture, such as the promotion of cultural and artistic events concerning Canadian artists. I also organize conferences, exhibitions, projects and other activities to promote the knowledge of life, culture and art of the Inuit. I am well introduced in various cultural circles and government institutions in Canada, Italy, France and Switzerland.

Since 1995, I have worked with the Government of Quebec (Northern Affairs) and the Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau Québec. I organized the exhibition “Things made by Inuit” (Turin, Courmayeur, Naples and Florence). The Elders have made this exhibition for the Youth of Nunavik. This exhibition was assembled and catalogued for the people of Arctic Quebec who seldom have the opportunity to see their crafts on display. During the 1980’s exhibition circulated throughout ten Inuit villages and it is the base of the permanent collection owned by the Arctic Quebec cooperatives.

Since 1997, I worked with the Musei Civici of Rimini, to recuperate and catalogue the Inuit Section of “Ugo Canepa Collection” at the Museum of the extra-Europeans Cultures “Dinz Rialto”. Regarding this collection I prepared a book which was published in 2004.

Since 1999, my work as Cultural Attaché of the Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau Québec has consisted in increasing the knowledge of the Inuit culture in Italy, organizing conferences, exhibitions, film views, etc.

In June 2000, I worked at the World Environment Day in Turin, and I acted as intermediary between the Government of Nunavut and of the Province of Turin.

I also collaborated –in the Scientific Committee of the journal of the “Polar Geographical Institute” in Italy. They gave me a special place in their Journal (printed four times a year) reserved for the Inuit. In this space, called in Italian “Spazio Inuit”, I write about Inuit Culture and Art. I also obtained a special space where the Inuit, if they desire, can talk about current affairs and other subjects (in English). I think this allows better knowledge of Nunavut in Europe. Furthermore, it is an important occasion to talk about the environmental problems of the “Great North”.

As an expert of archaeology and anthropology, I have taught at the Intercultural Centre of the City of Turin and I collaborated with the Departments of Anthropology of the University of Florence, the University of Turin and the University of Siena.

In 2003, I have started teaching an experimental course, entitled “Technician for the conservation and promotion of Tourism, Cultural, Heritage and Environment”, which is organised by the European Community, Region of Piedmont and University of Turin, Sciences of Formation Faculty (DAMS – Department of Art, Music and Shows).

I was the creator and the curator of the project “Pitture sotto Zero” (Painting below Zero) for the XXth Olympic Winter Games, Turin 2006, to introduce in Italy Canadian artist Gordon Halloran. His huge, boldly coloured paintings on ice arenas have been called ‘the quintessential Canadian Art form’. For over two years, I have been negotiating with the Olympic Committee to invite Mr. Halloran to create an installation of the ice painting in the Olympic Valley during the games, and to conduct workshops to teach this new art form to the World. Mr. Halloran’s invitation to the XXth Winter Olympic Games has been part of “Homage to Canada”.

Also, for the 2006 Olympics Winter Games and the Government of Piedmont, I worked on a very prestigious exhibitipn on Circumpolar People: “Inuit and People from Ice“. This project was composed of many parts: the first one consisted of a very important exposition of Inuit artefacts and nomadic works of art from Canada, Alaska, Siberia and Greenland. The second part of project emphasized the attention to current Inuit life, since they became sedentary. This part was developed with short documentaries, made possible by the Inuit themselves or their Governments. The last part concerned traditions and a modern way to interpret the Inuit Culture (drawings, dances, reading of stories for young people, seminars, etc.). The exhibition was organized by the Consorzio Beni Culturali Italia, promoted by the Regione Piemonte, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the Patronage of the City of Turin and the Province of Turin as well as other International Institutions.

Scientific Consultant about the Inuit culture, for Italian TV programs produced by RAITRE, such as “Passaggio a Nord-Ovest” (2006) and “Ulysses” (2007) presented by Alberto Angela.

Curator of the exhibit: “Omaggio al Canada- Espressioni artistiche e vita culturale degli Inuit del Canada”, VIII Biennale Internazionale d’arte in Miniatura, organized by Città di Rivoli, Ville Marie (Quebec – Canada), Montélimar (France) and Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali in Torino (December 16th, 2006- February 15th, 2007=.

Scientific consultant about the Inuit culture, for a documentary concerning the “Global Warming and Inuit”. Curators: Federica Mariani, Matteo Greco (Italy) and Graig Hemming (Canada) – 2007-2008.

Named by Consiglio Regionale del Piemonte, with Decree n. 86, 2006 August 7th, member of Administration Council of the Centro Studi e Ricerche Storiche sull’Architettura Militare del Piemonte seated at the Exilles Fortress (2 Years).

Coordinator of the Provincia di Torino, for the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2009).

Italian representative for the Northern Research Network, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA), since May 2008.

World Monument Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites, Nominator of the Forte di Fenestrelle, symbolic monument of the Provincia di Torino 2008-2010.

Scientific collaborator for the Museo delle Culture in Lugano (Switzerland), expert in Inuitology.

Curator of the roundtable “Environmental alarm from the edges of the Earth: testimonies of the Inuit” held during the 11th Festival CinemAmbiente. It was an important occasion to learn more about circumpolar cultures and, more importantly, to give a voice to the Inuit and all the circumpolar peoples whose survival depends on the integrity of natural resources and the environment. The multifaceted program of the Festival included a film series and a panel discussion to look at the relationship of the Inuit people with the circumpolar environment and the presentation of two photo exhibitions from Canada and Siberia.

Recent Publications on Polar Studies

Books and catalogues  

 

  • “International Polar Year; Polar Tourism; Global Warming and Inuit of Canada” (Anno Polare Internazionale, Turismo Polare; Global Warming e popoli artici del Canada) in corso di pubblicazione: atti del Secondo Convegno Internazionale “Polo Nord – Polo Sud e Turismo consapevole: informarsi per conoscere, apprendere e rispettare”. CAI Milano, Venerdì 11 e sabato 12 Aprile 2008, Milano

 

  •  “Artico. Archeologia ai confini del mondo: nuovi elementi di conoscenza sul popolamento dell’Artico Orientale”, in corso di pubblicazione: Atti della Giornata scientifica “Antropologia: Lo Stato dell’arte e le nuove frontiere”, Torino, 25 Settembre 2006, Università degli Studi di Torino, Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo).

 

  •  “Ilititaa… Bernier, i suoi uomini e gli Inuit: le esplorazioni del capitano Joseph – Elzéar Bernier” Atti del Convegno a cura del C.I.S.A.I. – Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sull’America Indigena (Università di Siena) in collaborazione con il Centro Siena-Toronto (Università di Siena) e con il Museo Etnografico Polare “S. Zavatti”, Fermo. “Visioni e interpretazioni del Nord Artico e Subartico”. 25-26 Maggio 2004. Quaderni del C.I.S.A.I., Atti 1, 2006, pp. 71-82.

 

  • Popoli del Ghiaccio. Civiltà ai confini del mondo, in “Inuit e Popoli del Ghiaccio” (a cura di Gabriella A. Massa), catalogo mostra, Ed. SKIRA, Milano, 2005, pp.16-25.

 

  • Inuit e Popoli del Ghiaccio, “Inuit e Popoli del Ghiaccio” (a cura di Gabriella A. Massa), catalogo mostra, Ed. SKIRA, Milano, 2005, pp. 26-35.

 

  • “Inuit e Popoli del Ghiaccio” (a cura di Gabriella A. Massa), Catalogo mostra, Ed. SKIRA, Milano, 2005, pp.184.

 

  • Espressioni artistiche ed elementi di vita culturale degli Inuit del Canada, in “Quaderno n. 3”, Musei Civici di Rimini, Il Tucano Edizioni, Torino, 2004.

 

  • “Ilititaa Bernier, ses hommes et les Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra sulle esplorazioni artiche. Tournée Italiana 2003-2005. Testi italiani. Iqaluit (Canada), 2003.

 

  • Museo Etnografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti” Fermo (AP) Testi scientifici per le “Schede didattiche del Museo Polare”,  Fermo, 2001-2002.

 

  • Nanuk l’Esquimese del Cinema, in “montagna a grande schermo”  n.2, 1998  Museo Nazionale della Montagna “Duca degli Abruzzi”.

 

  • Nanouk l’Esquimau étoile du Cinéma, in “montagna a grande schermo” n.2, 1998  Museo Nazionale della Montagna “Duca degli Abruzzi”.

 

  • Nanuk The Esquimau movie star, in “montagna a grande schermo” n.2, 1998  Museo Nazionale della Montagna “Duca degli Abruzzi”.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A., Dotto Valeria, “Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra: Il popolo Inuit. Arte e cultura degli Esquimesi del Nord-Quebec, Firenze, 2000.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A., Dotto Valeria, “Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra: Il popolo Inuit. Arte e cultura degli Esquimesi del Nord-Quebec, Napoli, 2000.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A., Dotto Valeria, “Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra: Il popolo Inuit. Arte e cultura degli Esquimesi del Nord-Quebec sul Monte Bianco, 22 Maggio – 3 Ottobre 1999, Punta Helbronner-Courmayeur.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A., Dotto Valeria, “Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra: Le peuple Inuit. Art et culture des Esquimaux du Nord-Québec, sur le Mont Blanc, 22 Mai – 3 Octobre 1999, Punta Helbronner-Courmayeur.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A., Dotto Valeria, “Inuit”, in Mini-catalogo della Mostra: Inuit. The Art and culture of the Eskimos from Northern Quebec, on Mont Blanc, 22 May – 3 October 1999, Punta Helbronner-Courmayeur.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A.,  Dotto Valeria, Inuit, in Catalogo della Mostra: “Il popolo Inuit. Arte e vita degli  Esquimesi  del Nord Québec, Canada”. 14 Febbraio – 7 Maggio 1995, Co-autrice con la dott.ssa Valeria Dotto. Cahier  Museomontagna n. 98.

 

  • Massa, Gabriella A.,  Dotto Valeria, Catalogo della Mostra: Il popolo Inuit. Arte e vita degli Esquimesi del Nord Quebec, Canada. 14 Febbraio – 7 Maggio 1995, Cahier Museomontagna n. 98. Torino, (mostra, testi  e catalogo a cura di Gabriella A. Massa e Valeria Dotto).

 

 

Journals and New Papers:

 

  • Sentinelle ai confini del mondo, in “Torino Sette – La Stampa”, 10 ottobre 2008, p. 38. 

 

  • La maschera, in “Nero Plasma”, Anno IX, n. 1-2, 2007. Periodico trimestrale del Progetto Giovani, Comune di Treviso, (intervista), pp. 25-30.

 

  • I Popoli del Ghiaccio, in “Donna Sommelier Europa”, Anno 6, n. 1, aprile 2005, pp. 25-26.

 

  • Vivere nel grande freddo, in “Top Fly” (Rivista Air One), Dicembre 2005, pag. 20-24.

 

  • I Popoli del Ghiaccio, in “Speciale Oasis, Rivista di cultura ambientale”, Cuneo, n. 163/2005 (5 anno XXI), pp. 75-90.

 

  • Arnaq, La Femme inuit, in “Le Toit du Monde. Magazine d’actualités circumpolaires”, Iqaluit (Nunavut), vol. 3, n. 3, primavera 2004.

 

  • La donna nell’artico: tradizioni, sfide e conquiste,  in “Il Polo”,  Rivista trimestrale dell’Istituto Geografico Polare Silvio Zavatti, Fermo, Atti del Meeting Artico, Fermo 19 dicembre 2003, pp.29-35.

 

  • Arnaq, la Donna Inuit: passato, presente, futuro,  in “Il Polo”,  Rivista trimestrale dell’Istituto Geografico Polare Silvio Zavatti, Fermo, Atti del Convegno Le Scienze Umane nella tradizione degli Studi Artici , per i cinquant’anni della rivista “Il Polo”, Roma 28 marzo 2001, Anno LVII, vol. 3-4, settembre – dicembre 2002, pp. 89-97.

 

  • Antiche tradizioni e vita quotidiana del popolo Inuit,  in “Il Polo”,  Rivista trimestrale dell’Istituto Geografico Polare Silvio Zavatti, Fermo, Anno LVII, Voll.  2-3-4, 2001  (numero triplo).

 

  • L’Istituto Geografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti e la Giornata Mondiale dell’Ambiente, in “Il Polo”, Rivista dell’Istituto Geografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti”, Fermo, Anno LVI, Vol. 1, Marzo 2001 pp. 45-48.

 

  • Il Nunavut e l’Ambiente, in Il Polo”, Rivista dell’Istituto Geografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti”, Fermo, Anno LV, Vol. 4, Dicembre 2000, pp. 23-32.

 

  • Il Popolo Inuit, in Il Polo”, Rivista dell’Istituto Geografico Polare “Silvio Zavatti”, Fermo, Anno LV, Voll. 2-3, Giugno-Settembre 2000, pp. 35-42.

 

  • Il Nunavut e l’Ambiente, in “Il Polo”, Rivista trimestrale dell’Istituto Geografico Polare Silvio Zavatti, Anno LV, vol. 4, Dicembre 2000, pp. 23-31.

 

  • Il popolo Inuit, in “Il Polo”,  Rivista trimestrale dell’Istituto Geografico Polare Silvio Zavatti, Anno LV, vol. 2-3, Giugno – Settembre 2000, pp. 35-42. 
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