Norman Hallendy

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Norman E. Hallendy is an Arctic researcher, writer and photographer. [1][2] Hallendy's Arctic journeys began in 1958 at a time when many Inuit, who traditionally lived on the land, were moving to permanent settlements created by the Federal government. Returning north year after year, he was befriended by Inuit elders who shared with him their perception of their material and spiritual world.

Works[change | change source]

His previous books include the best selling Inuksuit:

  • Tukiliit: The Stone People Who Live in the Wind
  • Wilderness: Arctic Voices from a Land of Vast Horizons

He has been a lecturer at Oxford, Cambridge, UNESCO (Paris) including numerous universities in Canada and abroad. His most enjoyable presentations were to Inuit elders and their children in several Arctic communities.[source?]

Awards and recognitions[change | change source]

Norman Hallendy has been named one of Canada’s 100 greatest modern-day explorers by Canadian Geographic Society. [3]

His contribution to geographical knowledge through documenting Arctic landscapes and ancient sites earned him the coveted Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 2007 placing him among such esteemed persons as Professor Jean Malaurie, Count Eigil Knuth and Thor Heyerdahl. [4]

In 2001, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society awarded Hallendy the Gold medal for his internationally acclaimed work on inuksuit and ethnographic work in southwest Baffin Island placing him among such outstanding contributors to geography as Michael Palin, Gilbert Grosvenor and Sir Christopher Ondaatje.

His ethnographic documentation of the Inuit of southwest Baffin Island is regarded as a major contribution to the appreciation of Inuit intellectual culture. Dr. William Fitzhugh Director of the Arctic Studies Centre of the Smithsonian Institution regards Hallendy as a modern day Knud Rasmussen.

The Right Honourable Julie Payette Governor General of Canada has awarded Norman the Polar Medal created by Her Majesty the Queen of England in recognition of his ethnography of the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. [5][6][7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Norman Hallendy - Google Scholar". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  2. "Research Associate- Norman Hallendy | Arctic Institute of North America". arctic.ucalgary.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. "Canada's Greatest Explorers". Canadian Geographic. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  4. "Gold Medal 2001 Recipient - Norman Hallendy - The Royal Canadian Geographical Society". www.rcgs.org. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  5. "Civilization.ca - Places of Power - Norman Hallendy". www.historymuseum.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  6. Lye, Harriet (2017-04-21). "The McMichael to honour award-winning Arctic ethnographer Norman E. Hallendy for his support of the gallery and achievements in preserving Inuit culture and language". McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  7. "The Governor General of Canada | Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette". Cite has empty unknown parameter: |dead-url= (help)

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