This fieldwork would not have been possible without the generous funding of the British Academy and the World Oral Literature Project in Cambridge. I would like to extend my thanks to both of these bodies, and in particular to Mark Turin of the World Oral Literature Project for his support throughout. All of the recordings that I collected in the field, which include a variety of stories and drum-songs, are housed at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge. A number of the key performers such as Aijakko Miteq and Qulutanguaq Jeremiassen have sadly since passed away, leaving these oral traditions looking rather vulnerable.
I should also like to thank the Master and Fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge for allowing me to intermit my Fellowship to carry out this research. Much of the data that I collected was analysed and compiled during my tenure at the College. The project has been completed during my Fellowship at my current home, Exeter College, Oxford. I am grateful for the support my Oxford college has given me during my time as a Fellow, and previously as a student.
This project would have of course been nothing without the Inugguit of north-west Greenland, with whom I lived for a year. Fieldwork is a strange thing. One goes into the field as a complete stranger. It is perhaps only when one is thinking about returning that one is finally accepted. But one returns home only to find one...
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