A new exhibit highlighting the art of scrimshaw is now open at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College. “Scrimshaw: Selections from the Peter C. Barnard Collection” can be viewed in the Arctic Museum’s foyer in Hubbard Hall through April 27, 2014.
This exhibit explores the Inuit worldview, based on mutual respect between humans and animals. Through contemporary Inuit carvings and prints, traditional tools and clothing, and filmed interviews with Inuit men and women visitors learn about the behavior of seals, whales, polar bears, caribou, and muskoxen.
In the summer of 1913, Donald B. MacMillan and six other men set off on an expedition to conduct research and exploration in the far north. Marking the 100th anniversary of this major expedition, this exhibit will highlight the results of their extensive fieldwork, and look at the field studies being conducted by contemporary researchers in the same region.
This exhibit reflects the eclectic eye of the collectors, Marcia and Robert Ellis. it includes a wide range of styles, from highly detailed and realistic to nearly abstract, and works by some of the best-known Inuit artists. Most of the pieces are from Cape Dorset (Kinngait) on Baffin Island, but other communities from across Canada are represented as well, as is Anchorage, Alaska.