|While the archival community has long recognized that the majority of Inuit whose photographs are held in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collections were not identified, it was Murray
Project Naming: Atootoo, Cape Dorset (Kinngait), 1929
|Angus, an instructor with Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program (NSTP), who proposed Project Naming. For years, Angus has organized an annual visit of NSTP students to LAC to search for photographs from their communities in the card catalogues. As the majority of Inuit depicted in the photographs were not identified, Angus proposed Project Naming as a way to give people from Nunavut access to the photographic collections of Inuit held at LAC, to foster dialogue between Nunavut youth and Elders, and to reclaim these “lost” names.
Project Naming began with the digitization of approximately 500 photographs taken by Richard Harrington. Dating from the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Harrington photographs depict individuals from the communities of Igloolik (Iglulik), Kugluktuk (formerly Coppermine), Taloyoak (formerly Spence Bay) and Padlei. […..] Many Elders were able to identify their parents, other family and community members, and, in some cases, even themselves.
So as this project continues now in its Phase II stage and also keeps up its former intentions in projects like the naming continues, it also is a sort of re-accessing and re-constructing a history of its own with images taken once for much different purposes …