Located on Bowdoin College's campus in Brunswick, Maine, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is devoted to Arctic exploration, cultures, and biology. This blog will showcase behind-the-scenes photos, special peeks into our collections, and other fun news from our museum!
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!
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!
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
NHL hockey is back tonight! Arviat sculptor Chesley Nibgoarsi seems to be a hockey fan. Will you be watching?
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.
Come spring, the tundra will be filled with geese-a-laying. Alaskan artists Thomas Aningayou carved this beautiful goose on a nest from whale bone and baleen.