Ezra Greene

Research Key Words: 

Inuit; intergenerational knowledge; cultural mapping; Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit

PhD. Research:

My research looks into how Inuit knowledge is transferred from generation to generation through time and between people of the same generation. I am interested in how land-, sea- and ice-based knowledge as well as cultural expertise is learned, taught and practiced in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, while paying attention to how new technologies and changing economies are integrated into Inuit life and culture. How experience turns into knowledge and further becomes expertise that influences decision making in regulatory processes like wildlife management and environmental and socioeconomic impact assessments is also of great intrigue to me.

Wising Up

Wising-Up is an online educational resource being developed by the UBC Polar Club with funding from the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Wising-Up is meant to raise awareness of northern issues and priorities and to incorporate these into educational curriculum at the post-secondary level. We hope to direct students and instructors in both southern and northern Canada to educational resources being produced in and by northern communities and to focus on issues deemed important by northerners.

During my undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology at UBC, I ended up getting experience living and working in both Nunavut and central Mexico. While very different, both places and the people who live there impacted my life and changed the way I see the world. Always interested in processes and forms of education and how what humans know is passed on from generation to generation, I studied Education during my master’s degree at UCLA but found myself missing the field and theory of Anthropology. Starting my doctorate degree, I returned to anthropology but with a research focus on education, particularly informal education and learning environmental knowledge and cultural expertise through practice. My doctoral research project combines methods from anthropology with participatory mapping and looks at how Inuit transfer knowledge from generation to generation, looking at how that process has changed through time, how it has stayed the same and discussing strengths and barriers that people face today with passing on what they know.

Refereed Publications
Greene, Ezra. 2018. “Dissent in Zion: Outsider Practices in Utah.” New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry 9 (2): 66-76.

Conference Presentations
Greene, Ezra. 2017. “Testifying Lived Knowledge in the Nunavut Regulatory System.” Arctic Change 2017 (ArcticNet), Quebec City, QC. December 14.

Greene, Ezra. 2016. “What’s Left Unmapped? Limitations and Possibilities in Cultural Mapping” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC. April 2.

Greene, Ezra. 2015. “Mapping Stó:lō Trails: Pathways to Cultural Landscapes.” Stó:lō Peoples of the River Conference. Chilliwack, BC. March 2015.

Greene, Ezra. 2015. “Learning the Tundra.” Connections: The Place and Practice of Northern Research. Vancouver, BC. April 2015.

Greene, Ezra. 2009. “Voces y Manos (Voices and Hands): Critical Health Pedagogy.” California Association of Freirean Educators Conference. Los Angeles, CA. May 2009.

Conference Posters
Greene, Ezra. 2016. “Inuit Contributions to Geography and Cartography.” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. March 31, 2016.

September – December 2015. Graduate Teaching Assistant 1. ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Prof. Wade Davis. University of British Columbia, Department of Anthropology. Vancouver, BC.

January – April 2012. Course Instructor. EDEE 282: Teaching Social Studies. McGill University, First Nations and Inuit Education. Kawawachikamach, QC.