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First Advisor

Susan Kaplan

Second Advisor

Bianca Williams


This thesis is about the research potential of historic photograph digital repatriation in combination with in-person anthropological fieldwork. I draw on four weeks of fieldwork in West Greenland. Returning historic photographs to Indigenous communities works toward recentering Indigenous stories and memories of people, places, and events. I discuss how my methodology of photo sharing was effective in establishing a rapport with informants and evoking memories. This is seen through examples of interactions with informants and the memories they shared with me. Given the success of my project, which took place during only four weeks in the field, I consider my methodology’s potential in future research.

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