Location:Arctic Museum main galleries
Arctic vistas are simultaneously beautiful and daunting to southern eyes. But look closely, as Robert E. Peary did, and you will see a welcoming home where Inuit families have thrived for generations. Inuit continue to raise their families in the Arctic today, while navigating the dual threats of colonialism and global warming.
When Peary set his sights on reaching the North Pole, he recognized that success required learning from and working with Inuit, the true experts in Arctic survival. Donald B. MacMillan followed Peary’s example and spent years documenting Inuit communities.
Over generations Inuit developed sophisticated technologies to hunt in icy Arctic waters and on the vast tundra. They skillfully crafted clothing to keep warm and dry, boats and sledges to hunt and travel, and comfortable homes for every season.
Now, facing rapid changes on multiple fronts, Inuit fight, in the words of Inuk leader Sila Watt Cloutier, for “the right to be cold.”