Arctic Algae Offer New Insights on Prehistoric Climate Data
“As scientists work on better climate models to help us deal with global warming, there are only two places to gather more data: the present and the past. The present crawls along at its usual pace, producing its daily trickle of information, but the past promises to yield buckets of data in the right archives. A new paper has opened up a long-needed archive for the high northern ocean, recorded in the annual “tree rings” of red coralline algae.”
Learn more from geologist Andrew Alden at KQED Science.
In honor of Halloween, some Iñupiat masks from our collection.
Originally inspired by halloween masks, two young men from Anaktuvuk Pass created the first simple caribou skin masks for a mid-winter festival in 1951. Community leaders Simon Paneak and Justus Mekiana were inspired to develop this idea into a popular craft item,still being made and sold today.
In 1927 Donald MacMillan brought the first Model-T Ford modified into a snow machine to Labrador. He left it behind when he returned south in 1928 and it has been in the woods, vulnerable to the elements and souvenir hunters, ever since. Now archaeologist Jamie Brake of the Nunatsiavut Government is working on a project to recover and restore it. You can here him talking about the project on the OKalaKatiget Society broadcast here.
Scrimshaw! We just installed an new case highlighting a collection of scrimshaw, collected by Peter Barnard, Bowdoin Class of 1950 - there are sperm whale teeth, of course, but also some amazing carved bone and ivory, like this amazing folding knife! If you are in Maine, drop by and see it!
We had a visit from Joel Heath this week and screened his amazing film People of a Feather. While he was here we took the opportunity to show him some of the eider skin pieces in our collection, and here is one of them, a muff, probably made in Greenland and brought home by Robert E. Peary as a gift to family member. So beautiful, and so cozy!
Eider Muff, gift of Wendy L. Noyes.
As promised, here are some more of our recently acquired ivory carvings. They were all carved in Greenland around 1940. A Danish dentists purchased them and then gave them to his brother in the US around 1950. Lucky brother! Now the family has decided they should be here at the Arctic Museum, and we agree!