Inspired by the full-sized Nunatsiavut kayak given to the College in 1891 and on display in the museum gallery for over 50 years, this exhibit explores making and using traditional kayaks from Greenland, Labrador, and beyond. It features over 20 model kayaks and umiaks, as well as associated equipment, historic film and photographs, and the centerpiece of the exhibit, a full size replica of the 1891 Kajak created for this exhibit.
Spring in the Arctic is a magical time of year, bringing both joy and challenges. In this unusual spring, we turn to historic images from our collection to celebrate the beauty of the changing seasons, the hope that comes with the return of the sun.
Women across the north have always created beautiful clothing, footwear, bags, and other objects for their families. In the past they decorated their work with dyed bird and porcupine quills, contrasting colors of hide and fur, and beads carved from stone, bone, ivory, and shell, creating pleasing patterns that also often had important symbolic meaning.
Flowers bloom profusely in the brief summers of the high Arctic, thriving in the 24-hour daylight despite low temperatures, little water, strong winds, and little or no soil. Growing low to the ground, tiny blossoms can be found scattered on otherwise bare ground or growing in dense mats. They bloom almost as soon as the snow begins to melt and continue through the short summer.
On the 100th anniversary of his death, we look at the life of Minik Wallace.
This exhibit presents a selection of Donald B. MacMillan’s gorgeous hand-tinted glass lantern slides, recently digitized with support from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Photos by award-winning photographer Rhea Banker.
Indigenous Communities Speak Out on New England Clean Energy Connect (CMP Corridor) and Related Hydroelectric ProjectsAs responsible and successful stewards of the land for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, the Indigenous peoples of what is now known as New England and eastern Canada have valuable insights into environmental issues affecting the greater region. For centuries, many of these communities have experienced the theft and desecration of their lands in the interest of natural resource extraction. They now face green colonialism as the world’s wealthiest inhabitants clamor for fossil fuel alternatives and again look to lands used by Indigenous communities as locations for their projects.
Assistant Curator at the Arctic Museum, Michael Quigley, dove into the museum’s backlog of previously scanned, but not yet publicly available photographic collections and discovered a cache of just over 600 color 35mm slides and stereoviews dating mostly from 1956 to 1960, just waiting for their online debut.
Visitors to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, on the Bowdoin College campus, frequently comment on the full-sized kayak that has been displayed high on a wall in the gallery since the museum opened in 1967. Now, for the first time, the kayak is the center of attention in the museum’s newest exhibit, Kajak!