Finally, something to do with all those walrus mandibles you have hanging around…

These fantastic faces are carved into walrus teeth still in the jaw bone. They are just a first taste of the museum’s newest acquisition, an amazing collection of historic walrus ivory and bone (and tooth!) carvings from Greenland. Lots more to come!

This ethereal throat singer is a favorite of many staff members. Throat singing itself is amazing too: check it out here.

Spiritual Throat Singer, Silas Qayaqjuaq, Hall Beach/Ottawa, 2004.
  • Camera: Nikon D3x
  • Aperture: f/22
  • Exposure: 1/250th
  • Focal Length: 70mm

This ethereal throat singer is a favorite of many staff members. Throat singing itself is amazing too: check it out here.

Spiritual Throat Singer, Silas Qayaqjuaq, Hall Beach/Ottawa, 2004.

If you are in Maine, take a break from the beach and come visit our fantastic exhibit of antler carvings – lots of drummers to enjoy. Check out this great video on drumming too.
Drummer with faces, Paul Aliktiluk, Arviat, 1994.
  • Camera: Nikon D3x
  • Aperture: f/20
  • Exposure: 1/200th
  • Focal Length: 70mm

If you are in Maine, take a break from the beach and come visit our fantastic exhibit of antler carvings – lots of drummers to enjoy. Check out this great video on drumming too.

Drummer with faces, Paul Aliktiluk, Arviat, 1994.

Another camel in the Arctic, this time a cool sculpture by Jaco Ishulutak, of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. He carved this in the 1990s - ahead of his time it seems, or did he know something the rest of us didn’t?

For International Polar Bear day we bring you a polar bear in a sweater. We’ve highlighted this beautiful sculpture, Balancing Act by Elias Semigak, before but it seemed the perfect piece to mark the day. So, turn down your thermostat, and put on a sweater!

photography by Dean Abramson

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.