Map of community data study regions Map of ELOKA community and project regions. Boundaries are approximate. | High-resolution image

Projects in Alasak Close-up map of ELOKA community and project regions in Alaska. Boundaries are approximate. | High-resolution image

ELOKA is currently collaborating with Indigenous community members and their representative organizations across the Arctic, including the Hudson Bay region, Baffin Island, Russia, Alaska, and Greenland, as well as the US Southwest. Not only are Indigenous peoples observing and reporting changes, they are also sharing wisdom that has long been gleaned from generations of living in their environments, thereby providing a valuable link to science.

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Atlas of Community-Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic (Arctic CBM)

This atlas showcases Arctic communities actively involved in observing social and environmental change. It was designed to highlight the many community-based monitoring (CBM) and traditional knowledge initiatives across the circumpolar region.

Topics Environmental, ecological, and cultural changes and observations

Geographic areas Circumpolar region

Date range Ongoing

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Local Observations from the Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet) and Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH)

This data set contains observations of sea ice, weather, and wildlife collected by Indigenous Inupiaq and Yup'ik sea ice experts in several communities along the northern and western coasts of Alaska, beginning in 2006.

Topics Sea ice, snow, weather, and wildlife

Geographic areas Alaska, United States

Date range 2006 to Present

The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life map

The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life

The purpose of The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life is to show extensive areas where Alaska Native hunters and local fishermen harvest ocean resources, and the marine waters important to the resources we rely on. It illustrates that the whole northern Bering Sea is the storehouse that supports our way of life.

Topics Traditional knowledge, wildlife, subsistence use, and habitat areas

Geographic areas Northern Bering Sea, west coast of Alaska

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Snowchange Oral History - Work Among the Kolyma River Indigenous Societies in Siberia, Russia

Geographic and environmental information from residents of two Indigenous Chukchi communities practicing seasonal nomadic reindeer herding and other subsistence activities.

Topics Permafrost and reindeer

Geographic areas Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russian Federation

Date range 1930 to 2009

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Baffin Bay Region Narwhal Tusk Research

Interviews are conducted in several dialects of both Inuktitut and Greenlandic, but are conducted with the aid of an English translator. More interviews will be added when translations are completed.

Topics Narwhals and tusks

Geographic areas Nunavut, Canada, Greenland

Date range 2003

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Sea Ice in the Belcher Islands, Nunavut, Canada

Hunters describe their observations of sea ice conditions around the Belcher Islands gathered from their many hunting expeditions. The local and traditional knowledge gathered from these interviews reveals that the ice is changing and becoming more dangerous and less predictable than it once was.

Topics Sea ice, ocean currents,  and polynyas

Geographic areas Belcher Islands, Nunavut, Canada

Date range 1970s to 2010

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Silalirijiit Project: Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut, Canada, Weather Station Network

This site provides access to the current weather conditions at Akuliaqattak, Silasiutitalik, Nattiqsujug, and Ailaktalik, located in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River), Nunavut. Meteorological measurements are displayed in near-real time, and include air and ground temperature, wind direction and speed, and humidity. Content is provided in both English and Inukitut.

Topics Meteorological conditions

Geographic areas Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Date range Near-real time (within past two hours)

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Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network

Local Indigenous communities in the Bering Sea region share the environmental changes they observe.

Topics Environmental change, wildlife, wea ice, river ice, and meteorological conditions

Geographic areas Chukotka, Kamchatka, Russian Federation and Alaska, United States

Date range 2007 to 2009

For more information and to download the summary report, see the NSIDC page for Summary Report of Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network, 2008-2009 External Web site link. To submit a request for access to the restricted survey data, see the NSIDC page for Survey Data of Community-Based Environmental and Species Observations from the Bering Sea Sub-Network, 2008-2009 External Web site link.

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Yup'ik Environmental Knowledge Project

Beginning in 2000, the Calista Elders Council (CEC) staff has worked with elders from Bering Sea coastal communities to document Yup'ik place names. Elders have been eager to teach young people their rich history and named places of their homeland, including camp and settlement sites, rivers, sloughs, rocks, ponds, even sandbars and underwater channels. More than 3,000 names have been identified with Yup'ik views on the importance of place names, the land, values, and language.

The Yup’ik Environmental Knowledge Project also collaborates with the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Teachers and their students participate in training sessions on atlas technology and content uploading. As part of the district’s curriculum development, high school students collect and share the history and culture of the Yup’ik way of life.

Topics Traditional place names, including environmental features and settlements

Geographic areas Yukon-Kuskokwim delta, Alaska

Date range Ongoing

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Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network

The Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network is interested in ethically collecting, sharing, accessing, and visualizing data and documented Indigenous Knowledge to address food sovereignty. The core network members are Indigenous people, supported by researchers with a similar vision. They focus on two regions—the Arctic and the US Southwest—to broaden perspectives and build collaborations to offer personal experiences for food sovereignty in these regions.

Topics Food and data sovereignty, climate, and resilience

Geographic areas Arctic and US Southwest

Date range 2017 to present



Building off the development of SIZONet, the PISUNA-Net observations database was developed to record, archive, and share Indigenous and local knowledge and expertise on natural resources and resource use on the western and northern coasts of Greenland.

Topics Environmental, ecological, and local observations

Geographic areas Western and northern coasts of Greenland

Date range 2017 to present

Nunaput Atlas

Nunaput: Our Land, Community Atlas for Chevak, Alaska

The Nunaput Atlas is a community-driven, interactive, online atlas for the Chevak (Alaska) Traditional Council and Chevak community members to create a record of observations, knowledge, and to share stories about their land. The Nunaput Atlas is being developed in collaboration with the community and the US Geological Survey.

Topics Placenames, scientific data, and community input on landscapes

Geographic areas Central Alaska

Date range 2017 to present

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Gwich'in Place Names Atlas

Gwich’in Nąįį Googindì’ K’ìt/Gwich’in Place Names Atlas is a project that has developed an interactive, online Atlas of Gwich’in place names and stories. Working with Gwich’in communities and partners, ELOKA is developing the atlas so that knowledge of the land passed from generation to generation can be preserved and shared.

Topics Traditional place names, including environmental features and settlements

Geographic areas Fort Yukon, Alaska and surrounding area

Date range Pre-history to present

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Deg Hit’an Dingan’ Atlas

Coordinating with the Anvik Tribal Council, Deloy Ges, Inc., Alaska Native Place Name Project, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Community Partnerships for Self-Reliance, ELOKA is developing a place names atlas of the Anvik community's traditional territories. The goal of this project is to work collectively to reconstruct Deg Xinag place names using online mapping and media tools that combine maps, audio recordings, video, photos, and stories.

Topics Traditional place names, including environmental features and settlements

Geographic areas Anvik, Alaska and surrounding area

Date range Pre-history to present

Koyukuk River Traditional Place Names Atlas

ELOKA has developed an online atlas with the goal to collect and preserve the rich knowledge and culture of the Koyukon people and the traditional place names and subsistence use areas along the Koyukuk River from the villages of Koyukuk, Huslia, and Hughes.

Topics Traditional place names, including environmental features and settlements

Geographic areas Hughes, Huslia, and Koyukuk, Alaska and surrounding area

Date range Pre-history to present

Cillaput: Our Weather, Yukon-Kuskowim Delta Weather Station Network

Cillaput: Our Weather provides access to current weather conditions in the villages of Chevak and Kotlik located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of western Alaska. Measurements include air temperature, humidity, wind speed, snow depth, rainfall, solar radiation, and soil and surface temperatures.

Topics Weather, Community-Based Monitoring

Geographic areas Chevak and Kotlik, Alaska

Date range Ongoing

Traditional Knowledge Reports on Marine Mammals

These reports, compiled from a series of related projects, are based on interviews held between 2007 and 2017 with Alaska Native hunters in coastal communities. The reports focus on marine mammals, with emphasis on changes in particular species during the decade of the conducted interviews. This collection is unusual in that it spans both a decade and a large geographic range of communities. The reports, as well as the results of the projects, were also presented in two peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals:

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2017. Evaluating the effects of climate change on Indigenous marine mammal hunting in northern and western Alaska using traditional knowledge. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:319. doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00319.

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2016. Effects of changing sea ice on marine mammals and subsistence hunters in northern Alaska from traditional knowledge interviews. Biology Letters 12: 20160198. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.0198.

Topics Marine mammals

Geographic areas Alaska coastal areas

Date range 2007 to 2017

Evenki Atlas

This Atlas focuses on sharing the knowledge, wisdom, and culture of one of the Indigenous Nations of Siberia, Russian Federation: the Evenki. Access the atlas here, or read more about the Evenki here

Topics Environmental change, oral histories, place names, reindeer herding, and pastoralism

Geographic areas Iyengra, Russia, and surrounding taiga

Date range 2004 to present

Last Updated: 
Mon, 09/30/2019