Norman E. Hallendy is an internationally recognized Arctic researcher, writer and photographer. Norman 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.
His previous books include the best selling Inuksuit: Silent Messengers of the Arctic and Tukiliit: The Stone People Who Live in the Wind and An Intimate Wilderness: Arctic Voices from a Land of Vast Horizons
He has been a prominent lecturer at Oxford and Cambridge including numerous universities in Canada and abroad. His most enjoyable presentations were to Inuit elders and their children in several Arctic communities.
Arctic ethnohistorian and leading authority on inuksuit, Norman Hallendy has been named one of Canada’s 100 greatest modern-day explorers by Canadian Geographic Society. He’s is in good company with household names like astronauts Chris Hadfield, Roberta Bondar and environmentalist David Suzuki.
His outstanding 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.
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.
Of the tributes Norman cherishes most is the one from Piita Irniq, the former commissioner of Nunavut. “I am proud to know you. you are a friend to all Inuit
The Right Honourable Julie Payette Governor General of Canada has awarded Norman Hallendy the Polar Medal created by Her Magesty the Queen. This extraordinary tribute is in recognition of Norman Hallendy’s invaluable research into the ethnography of the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic