ICS Seminar Series - Assistant Professor Scott A. Heyes

Date: Thursday 10 April, 2014
Time: 11.30am - 1pm 
Venue: EB.2.21, UWS Parramatta South campus

Assistant Professor Scott A. Heyes

Arctic Landscapes, Mammals, and One Extraordinary Naturalist: The 1882-84 Field Notes of the Smithsonian’s Lucien M. Turner


This presentation explores Lucien M. Turner’s unpublished manuscripts on the natural and social history of the Eastern Canadian Arctic from 1882-1884. His written accounts and the material objects he collected in this far-flung corner of the world offer interesting insights into  Inuit and Innu belief systems, including their deep connections to landscapes and mammals. This presentation is based on archival work and fieldwork in Arctic Canada that has been undertaken for the publication of a book on Turner by Dr Heyes and Dr Helgen called Mammals of Ungava and Labrador: the 1882-1884 Field notes of Lucien M. Turner together with Inuit and Innu Knowledge (Smithsonian Scholarly Press, Washington DC, 2014).


Scott A. Heyes is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra. He is also a Research Associate at the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Scott has been conducting research on Inuit and Australian Aboriginal knowledge and perceptions of landscape for more than a decade.