Arctic Material Culture Collection
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The Scott Polar Research Institute is world-renowned for its library, archival and photographic collections. Less well known is an outstanding collection of objects made by the indigenous peoples of northern Canada, Greenland and Alaska.
The collection of over six hundred objects includes clothing, hunting implements, domestic utensils and art dating from the eighteenth century to the 1980s. These objects attest to the skill and ingenuity of a people whose survival in the Arctic was dependent upon an extensive knowledge of the land and its resources, and the invention of effective hunting, domestic and clothing technologies. The collection also documents cultural change as access to European materials, technology and belief systems altered traditional economy and lifestyle.
Further details on any item on the collection may be had on application to the Keeper of Collections at the Institute.
For details of public and research access please see the main Museum page of the website.
Data in this catalogue was last updated on Monday, 29th July 2013.