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Reimagining cultural memory of the arctic in the graphic narratives of Oqaluttuaq (2021)

Viljoen, J.-M., & Zolkos, M. (2021). Reimagining cultural memory of the arctic in the graphic narratives of Oqaluttuaq. Memory Studies, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/17506980211037283

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Julkaisun kaikki tekijät tai toimittajat: Viljoen, Jeanne-Marie; Zolkos, Magdalena

Lehti tai sarja: Memory Studies

ISSN: 1750-6980

eISSN: 1750-6999

Julkaisuvuosi: 2021

Volyymi: OnlineFirst

Kustantaja: SAGE Publications

Julkaisumaa: Britannia

Julkaisun kieli: englanti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/17506980211037283

Julkaisun avoin saatavuus: Avoimesti saatavilla

Julkaisukanavan avoin saatavuus: Osittain avoin julkaisukanava

Julkaisu on rinnakkaistallennettu (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77408


The Greenlandic oral story-telling tradition, Oqaluttuaq, meaning “history,” “legend,” and “narrative,” is recognized as an important entry point into Arctic collective memory. The graphic artist Nuka K. Godtfredsen and his literary and scientific collaborators have used the term as the title of graphic narratives published from 2009 to 2018, and focused on four moments or ‘snippets’ from Greenland’s history (from the periods of Saqqaq, late Dorset, Norse settlement, and European colonization). Adopting a fragmentary and episodic approach to historical narrativization, the texts frame the modern European presence in Greenland as one of multiple migrations to and settlements in the Artic, rather than its central axis. We argue that, in consequence, the Oqaluttuaq narratives not only “provincialize” the tradition of hyperborean colonial memories, but also provide a postcolonial mnemonic construction of Greenland as a place of multiple histories, plural peoples, and heterogenous temporalities. As such, the books also narrativize loss and disappearance—of people, cultures, and environments—as a distinctive melancholic strand in Greenlandic history. Informed by approaches in the field of cultural memory and in the study memorial objects, Marks’ haptic visuality and Keenan and Weizman’s forensic aesthetics, we analyze the graphic narratives of Oqaluttuaq in regard to their aesthetic dimensions, as well as investigate the role of material objects and artifacts, which work as narrative “props” for multiple stories of encounter and survival in the Arctic.

YSO-asiasanat: arktinen alue; grönlantilaiset; kulttuuri; muisti (kognitio); kollektiivinen muisti; sarjakuvat; legendat; tarinat; suullinen perinne; postkolonialismi

Vapaat asiasanat: Grönlanti; kulttuuri

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