Director, Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
Curator, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History
Dr. Fitzhugh’s research encompasses archaeological
and ethnographic studies of circumpolar Arctic peoples, necessitating
fieldwork in many parts of the Arctic. He specializes in culture contact
and change as precipitated by environmental factors and acculturation of
Arctic peoples into modern global systems in the historic period. Dr.
Fitzhugh’s personal research has focused recently on circumpolar
artistic traditions and symbolism in burial practices. He is also active
in public outreach, curating a number of major traveling exhibits
including Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People and Vikings: The North
Atlantic Saga which have resulted in films, websites, and both popular
and scholarly publications.