Since 1860, Bowdoin students have been traveling to the Arctic, often on faculty- and staff-led expeditions, to conduct research. Gaining first-hand experience in the field, collaborating with one another, meeting community members, and spending time on the land and sea has been a transformative experience for many undergraduates. As the Arctic becomes increasingly important on the world stage, Bowdoin students participating in these trips gain important insights that are difficult to communicate in the classroom or laboratory.
Traditional and contemporary music is a vibrant part of Inuit society. Inuit visual artists often portray traditional drummers, singers, and dancers in their works, highlighting the ways such performances and songs are crucial links to the past. Contemporary musicians are reviving traditional music, performing pieces in their original forms. At the same time, they are incorporating elements of older musical styles into modern genres, creating unique contemporary sounds.
This exhibit explores the changes in clothing and identity in northern culture.