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.
On this day in 1611, Henry Hudson was cast adrift in Hudson Bay, never to be seen again.
Cigarette cards are fascinating in so many ways - artistic, educational…who would have thought!
Another cigarette card: Fridtjof Nansen looks rather concerned about his expedition, but it made history and his ship was a model for subsequent Arctic vessels.
While we have the occasional photograph of a cow in our collection, they hardly qualify as Arctic. Instead, I offer you this adorable baby, Ole, with his mother Ane Petersen in the spring of 1923. Ane has with her a tin of Sheffield powdered milk, courtesy of Donald MacMillan, but I don’t believe that it was the source of Ole’s robust good health.
Eight drummers drumming, what more can I say! And…there are more where these come from, too, since drumming is such an important part of Inuit celebrations, festivals, and ceremonies. All of these drummers are part of the Robert and Judith Toll collection of Inuit art.