Arctic Leadership



During early 2024, Alta Museum invited to three online events with academic programs and storytelling workshops. The workshops were part of the project YOUR STORY – OUR FUTURE. The workshops also shared knowledge and stories from the project’s activities in Greenland.

The workshops are a cooperation with:

Alta Museum World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Online-Workshop 1

January 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm CET

Speaker: Maria Øien, Ph.D. Senior Curator; Host: Jens Larsen, Eva Ritter, Ph.D.


Online-Workshop 1 (in English)

What values are shared when Ngan’gi artists create art with a wish to share stories of Ngan’gi culture, cosmology, and knowledge? How can art facilitate cross-cultural communication ?

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, Maria Øien is presenting art and design stories made by Ngan’gi artists, an Aboriginal community in Northern Australia. She is exploring a parallel to Sami relationships to sacred Sieidis in nature. Furthermore, she takes a critical look at the intercultural contradictions involved in art sales by exploring the term «shame-job» and the statement «black art on white walls.»

In the second part of the workshop, participants are invited to share stories about how arts, nature and culture can be used to give voice to different perspectives and create community. 

[Photo: Stian Thoresen. Maria Øien learning to loop a dilly bag by Molly Yawalminy and Mercia Wawul in Nauiyu, 2007.]


  • Munn, N. D. 1970. The Transformation of Subject into Object in Walpiri and Pitjantjatjara Myth, in  Australian Aboriginal Anthropology. (eds) R. M. Berndt. Nedlands University of Western Australia Press, 141-163.
  • Munn, N. D. 1973. Walbiri Iconography: Graphic Representation and Cultural Symbolism in a Central Australian Society. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Morphy, H. 1991. Ancestral Connections: Art and an Aboriginal System of Knowledge. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Myers, F. R. 1986. Pintupi Country, Pintupi Self: Sentiment, Place and Politics Among Western Desert Aborigines. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Online-Workshop 2

March 20, 10:00 am-12:00 pm CET

Speaker: Mari Sofie Strifeldt Arntzen. Conservator; Host: Jens Larsen, Eva Ritter


Online-Workshop 2 (in Norwegian & Danish)

How do the body, stone, water and rock interact in the process of making petroglyphs?

After having gained experience in making petroglyphs, Mari has learned that nature interacts with the body in the process. All elements are equally important in achieving the result, which in this example are petroglyphs. Mari is also talking about how nature can be a healing element in, for example, a grieving process.

In the second half of the workshop, we share experiences and stories about using nature in our own lives and in society to support well-being.

[Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia]

Alta Aksjonen 1981

Online-Workshop 3

May 23, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CET.

Speaker: Kristin Nicolaysen, Museum Lecturer; Kjell Derås, Naturvernforbundet.

Host: Jens Larsen, Eva Ritter, Ph.D.


Online-Workshop 3 (in Norwegian & Danish)

How to mobilise for common struggle in conflicts concerning resource exploitation?
Based on the Alta case (“Alta saken”) from the early 1980’ies as an example of conflict management related to Sami rights and nature and environmental protection, we examine in this 3rd workshop, how leaders can create trust as a basis for negotiations and community.
In the second half of the workshop, we share experiences and stories from Greenlandic leaders and their ways of handeling challenges and conflicts.

[Photo: Leif Gabrielsen, Alta Aksjonen 1981. Courtesey Alta Museum]



Nov 11, 2023, 15:00PM (CET+3) Gertrud Rask Vej 68, Nuuk

Host: Jens Larsen, Eva Ritter, Ph.D.


Part of the Greenland Science Week.

Come and join us in exploring what characterizes Greenlandic and Arctic leadership. And not least, how Arctic leadership can help create positive social changes for our communities and sustainable development. We offer coffee and cakes, 15 min. presentation to our project, and then we share reflections and stories about Arctic leadership.
The following are questions for inspiration:
1. How does Greenlandic nature and culture (stories, concepts) inspire you as a leader?
2. Do you have a story from your leadership life where you have handled a challenge well?
3. How do you motivate and create trust among your employees and partners?
4. Can you sahre a story about, how do you stay engaged and take care of yourself?
Hosts: Eva Ritter, Institute Nordic Perspectives, Helle Rabøl Hansen, researcher,  Jens Larsen, True Storytelling Institute.
We will talk English and Danish.


Nov 10, 2023, 12:00PM-1:30 PM (CET+3)  Nuuk library and a walk outside

Host: Jens Larsen, Eva Ritter, Ph.D.


Part of the Greenlandic Science Week.

We meet at Nuuk library, Imaneq 26, Nuuk 3900, Greenland.

Join us for a stakeholder walk. We start with an introduction to our project. Then we go for a walk to share stories and reflect on what Arctic leadership is.

The stakeholder meeting aims to discuss and share stories about what defines an Arctic approach to leadership and how it can improve mental health, business and sustainable development. The Nordic Ministry of Council sponsors the meeting.

Organizer: Eva Ritter Ph.D. and Jens Larsen, author, 

Affiliation: Institute Nordic Perspectives and True Storytelling Institute

  • Venue: Nuuk Library, Walk through Nuuk
  • Target Group: Adults, leaders, professionals
  • Language: English/Danish