Sarah Wilson

Previous Education

B.A., University of British Columbia


Dr. Peter Whitridge / Dr. Lisa Rankin


Landscape, icescape, Labrador, mobility, navigation, inuksuit, cairn, unmanned aerial vehicles, geographic information systems, photogrammetry, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

Research Statement

My research involves collecting photogrammetric imagery via drone to reconstruct a 3D model of different landscapes along the coast in Labrador to study the embodiment of culture in landscapes. The landscape in northern Labrador is dotted with inuksuit (human-made rock stacks used for navigation, commemoration, hunting, and more) signifying a connection between people and the landscape. I will look at both winter and summer imagery in this research. My theoretical framework considers the traditional knowledge of the Inuit in Labrador to understand ways of memorializing the landscape and place. I will use a GIS to examine the relation of inuksuit to topography, line of site, icescapes, vegetation, and other features. My research will look at the relationship between humans and landscapes; movement across vast spaces, methods of navigation, and connection to landscape to argue for the importance in protecting cultural landscapes.




Department of Archaeology

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