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!
For today, a great soapstone carving of a bear. The artist, Eegewudloo Putapoo, has managed to carve so much expression into this piece!
Robert Peary was one of the most accomplished explorers of his lifetime, making eight trips total to the Arctic. What better way for our museum to continue his legacy than to make sure his doll counterpart plants his flag all over other parts of the globe?
For the past few years, we’ve been having visitors take their Peary dolls on their travels, snap a photo, and send it back to us so we can put it on the website. Here are some of my favorite snapshots…Peary’s covered a lot of ground with this little project!
Here at the Museum, we have so many great objects that sometimes I get lost in the Collections Room! To help me find the gems in our collection, I’ll be polling each of the staff on what their favorite object is and featuring it here.
This Greenlandic necklace was chosen by Genevieve LeMoine, our curator. It’s carved entirely from one piece of walrus ivory - quite a feat considering those tiny links - by a man named Qavigaq.
This piece was originally accessioned to the Museum without an artist’s name attached to it. As luck would have it, Qavigaq’s daughters came to the Museum a few years ago to help our curators work on a collection, and identified this necklace as their father’s work - they claimed that the carving technique was a family secret!
Writing condition reports proved a challenge for some artifacts; for instance, how does one describe a box of rocks? (We went with “rocky!”)
Another update on our awesome student interns!
It’s been a busy week for Alex and Meg. After photographing each page of Ekblaw’s journals, they have now been assigned the task of reading each book (as well as Ekblaw’s extensive correspondence from the collection) and taking notes on the content and anything out of the ordinary. Ekblaw kept a lot of notes, from scientific observations to Inuktitut glossaries to his personal daily diary. With over 30 100-year-old journals to read through and hundreds of letters, this is a lot of interesting archival work for their summer!