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  • Editor’s Note
  • Christyann Darwent

Happy 50th Anniversary Arctic Anthropology!

It has been just over a year since I officially took over the helm as editor for Arctic Anthropology, and since that time I have sent over 40 manuscripts out for peer review. Thank you to all the authors and reviewers for keeping this position both interesting and rewarding. All manuscripts should now be submitted directly to the editor in electronic format only (please no paper copies, CDs, or DVRs). Changes to the submission process are outlined in the updated Style Guide published in Volume 50, No. 1, on pages 138–145. However, please contact me ( if you have any questions regarding file formats or transmission of electronic files.

Although I handle the “front end” of the submissions, contact peer-reviewers, and read each paper before and after the galley proof stage, all graphic design and copy editing is handled by the Assistant Editor, John Darwent. He earned his BA at the University of Calgary, conducted fieldwork in various locations in Alberta, and accompanied James Helmer and Genevieve Le Moine to Little Cornwallis Island in the Canadian High Arctic in 1992. John earned his MA from Simon Fraser University (1996) studying the prehistoric use of nephrite on the British Columbia Plateau, and he completed a PhD from the University of Missouri (2005) analyzing Paleoindian and Archaic projectile points from northeastern Missouri. During this interval he undertook fieldwork in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, and North Dakota. However, since 2004 John has been primarily conducting fieldwork in collaboration with me, Genevieve LeMoine (The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College), and Hans Lange (Greenland National Museum and Archives) in Inglefield Land, Greenland. Most recently he returned with Hans to Iita (Etah) in 2012 where they documented intact, stratigraphically superposed deposits: late Paleoeskimo, early Thule, late Thule, and Historic occupations. In addition, John was the field mapping and computer graphics behind John Hoffecker and Owen Mason’s Cape Espenberg Project in Alaska (Darwent et al. [2013] American Antiquity), and he assisted UC Davis graduate student Andy Tremayne with mapping and excavations at the Iyatayet site at Cape Denbigh in 2013.

Part of his work this year in honor of the 50th anniversary of the journal involved the painstaking task of digitizing the previous 49 years of cover art, which were used to generate a poster montage that we sent to institutions around the globe focused on anthropological research in the Arctic (Fig. 1). His design also features on the cover of Volume 50, nos. 1 and 2.

Newest Member of the Editorial Board

You may have noticed a few new members of the editorial board on the journal’s webpage ( In addition to our past editor, Susan Kaplan, and associate editors Madonna Moss and Igor Krupnik, we have added David G. Anderson of the University of Aberdeen and Lisa Stevenson of McGill University. Most recently we invited Jessica Bissett-Perea, who is a new assistant professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, to join the editorial board. Jessica was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised 40 miles (64 km) to the north in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. She is of Dena’ina (and Scottish American) ancestry, an enrolled member of the Knik Tribe, and a shareholder in Cook Inlet Region, Inc.—an Alaska Native Corporation. According to her webpage (, Jessica’s research and teaching focus on music and sound studies; Alaska Native and circumpolar Inuit performance art cultures; African and Native alliances and cultural production in the Americas; research ethics and methodologies; and critical race and gender studies. Her innovative dissertation research and dedication to community outreach were recognized with a 2010 Alaska Native Visionary Award, presented by the Alaska Native Heritage Month committee and board of directors. [End Page 1]

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Figure 1.

Celebrating 50 years of Arctic Anthropology.

Graphic design by John Darwent.

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