Prof. William W. Fitzhugh IV

William W. Fitzhugh IV has been teaching a course on Arctic cultures, archaeology, and environments at the Department of Anthropology for the past four years. Prof. Fitzhugh graduated from Dartmouth in 1964 in one of the first classes to get anthropology degrees and worked with Professor Elmer Harp in the field in the summer of 1963--where he got his first taste of archaeology. After two years in the U.S. Navy (in North Atlantic Subarctic seas) he took his graduate training at Harvard and graduated in 1970 with a thesis on Labrador archaeology. From there Prof. Fitzhugh went to the Smithsonian as curator of North American Archaeology and have been there ever since, except for seasonal teaching at Dartmouth in the winter. His research has been throughout the circumpolar north, in Labrador, Alaska, Scandinavia, Russia, and Mongolia, and his major interests are the history of Arctic and Subarctic cultures and environments, cross-cultural studies, northern maritime adaptations, origins of Eskimo cultures and art, Basques in North America, and European contacts and influences on northern peoples. In addition to his research, Prof. Fitzhugh has produced large exhibitions (and associated books) on Eskimo art, Cultures of Siberian and Alaska, Ainu, Vikings, Genghis Khan, Narwhals, and others. He has twice been Chairman of the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology.  He is happy to be back teaching at Dartmouth and says that he "is enjoying the wonderful students and faculty". Prof. Fitzhugh has recently been taking Dartmouth students into the field in Labrador, Newfoundland, and Quebec and hopes to encourage Dartmouth and its students and faculty to rebuild its historic role in Arctic research and education. Click here to learn more about the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center