CCS encompasses some specific Programs that further our organizational mission indirectly in interesting and innovative ways.  CCS encourages individuals and other organizations with polar interests through cooperative efforts and administrative support for projects and new initiatives. The Center plans to provide temporary facilities for northern scholars and researchers working on relevant projects. We are especially interested in supporting early career scholars and innovative projects.

WREAF crews live their art on extended and self-supported river expeditions in some of the most rugged and remote regions of North America. The arduous rigors and sublime joys of wilderness canoe travel provide an intense and intimate immersion in the mother lode of inspiration and a reconnection with wildness.

A pilot program designed to explore the ancient art of storytelling with children. You, the next generation of place-based Storytellers, ambassadors in the making of here, now. What grows here, lives here, struggles here – what are the stories here? Let’s become keen observers of the natural world and learn how to share the stories we find there. We will be outside as much as possible; we’ll take a field trip, meet a storyteller, gather plants, and make art with all this, along with guided opportunities in the Athenaeum Library and the Fairbanks Museum.

By drumming, singing and dancing, a traditional spirit master enters a trance state, calls on spirit allies, who often appear as animals, as guides to address some problem. By trickery, magic, or mystery the master accomplishes the needed healing or solution. The indigenous community that surrounds and supports the healer both fears the power yet considers the sacred powers a last resort when all else fails. In a globalizing world beset by environmental challenges, the spirit world may provide a reservoir of restorative power in the circumpolar North. This original curriculum by The Center for Circumpolar Studies provides an inquiry into the spirit worlds and spirit masters in the North, alongside experiential discussions. All materials provided online through UArctic’s Virtual Learning Tool.