Areas of Specialization


Recent Publications


Unpublished Reports




Development Geography




Dr. George Wenzel


Room 623, Burnside Hall
Department of Geography
McGill University,
805 Sherbrooke Street West,
Montreal, QC H3A 2K6
Telphone: (514) 398-4346
Fax: (514) 398-7437
Email: wenzel@felix.geog.mcgill.ca


Areas of Specialization

1) Inuit-Eskimo Society and Culture, 2) Cultural Ecology, 3) Wildlife Management Conflicts, 4) Hunter-Gatherer Economies.


Recent Publications

G.W. Wenzel 2011 Polar Bear Management, Sport Hunting and Inuit Subsistence at Clyde River, unavut. JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE  35(4):457-465.

Harder, Miriam and G.W. Wenzel 2012     Inuit Subsistence, Social Economy and Food Security in Clyde River, Nunavut. ARCTIC 65(3):305-318.

2009a Inuit Settlement in the Clyde Area, Baffin Island, During “Contact-Exploration” Times (ca. 1820-1895). Études/Inuit/Studies 32(2):73-84.

2009b    Canadian Inuit Subsistence and Ecological Instability - If the Climate Changes Must the Inuit? Polar Research 28(1):89-99.

2009c    Subsistence and Conservation Hunting: A Nunavut Case Study. In Inuit, PolarBears and Sustainable Use: Local, National and International Perspectives. Ed. by M. Freeman and L. Foote. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Press. pp.51-64

2009d    Polar Bear Conservation Hunting in Canada: Economics, Culture and Unintended Consequences L. Foote and G.W. Wenzel). In Inuit, Polar Bears and  Sustainable Use: Local, National and International Perspectives. Ed. by M. Freeman and L. Foote. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Press. pp.13-24.

2008a    Sometimes Hunting Can Seem Like Business. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute Press. 120p.

2008b Clyde Inuit Settlement and Community: From Before Boas to Centralization. Arctic Anthropology 45(1):1-21.


2008c “The Time of the Most Bears”: A Co-Management Conflict in Nunavut (M. Dowsley and G.W. Wenzel). Arctic 61(2):177-189.

2008d Conservation Hunting Concepts, Canada’s Inuit, and Polar Bear Hunting (A. L. Foote and G.W. Wenzel). In Tourism and the Consumption of Wildlife: Hunting, Shooting and Sport Fishing. Ed. by B. Lovelock.  London: Routledge. pp.115-128.

2005a Sharing. Encyclopedia of the Arctic. Nuttall, M., ed. London: Routledge. pp.491- 494.


2005b Nunavut Inuit and Polar Bear: The Cultural Politics of the Sport Hunt. In Indigenous Use and Management of Marine Resources. N. Kishigami and J. Savelle, eds. Senri Ethnological Series No.67. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology. pp.363-388.


2004 From TEK to IQ: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and Inuit Cultural Ecology. Arctic Anthropology 41(2):239-251.

Lee, D. and G.W. Wenzel 2004 Narwhal Hunting by Pond Inlet Inuit: An Analysis of Foraging Mode in the Floe-Edge Environment. Études/Inuit/Studies 28(2):133-158.


2003 Out of Alaska: Reconstructing the Social Structure of Canadian Thule Culture (J. Savelle and G.W. Wenzel). In Hunter-Gatherers of the North Pacific Rim. Ed. by J. Habu, J. Savelle, S. Koyama and H. Hongo. Senri Ethnological Series No.63. Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology. pp.103-122.


2001 “Nunamiut” or “Kabloonamiut”: Which ‘Identity’ Best Fits Inuit (And Does It
Matter)? Études/Inuit/Studies 25(1-2): 37-52.

Unpublished Reports

2002a Report: “Outfitted Polar Bear Hunting in the Qikiqtaaluk and Kitikmeot Regions of Nunavut: Implications for Local Economic Development and Species Conservation”. Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut. 106pp.


2001-2004: Principal Investigator. “Inuit, Money and Traditional Resources in Nunavut: Modelling the Contemporary Economy.” Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


2000-2001: Principal Investigator. "Polar Bear Management in the Qikiqtaalik Region of Nunavut: Inuit, Outfitted Hunting, and Conservation.” Government of Nunavut and Safari Club International.


1999: Principal Investigator. "The Structure of Inuit Sharing". Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut




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Department of Geography

McGill University

805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6

phone: (514) 398-4111 fax: (514) 398-7437

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Last updated 19/03/2008