A pair of child’s scraped seal skin boots, brown and off-white in colour. The high white soles are pleated around heel and toe, and have white skin straps which tie around ankles and across feet. Wide decorative bands of white skin with a double row of stitching, plus a zigzag piece of brown skin, trim the top of the boots. Collected by C.W. West, Superintendent of the RCMP c. 1907-1912 in the Athabasca and Mackenzie River areas.
An old fashioned pilot-style hat made of white-tanned caribou hide with beaded decoration and white flannel lining. This hat was made in Aklavik in 1937. The style was inspired by the aviators, the Lindbergs, and was called the ‘Lindy hat’. In July 1931, Charles and Anne Lindberg left New York to follow an Arctic route to the far east. They stopped in Aklavik for four days before continuing westward to Alaska and eventually the Kamchatka Peninsula.
A parka made of arctic ground squirrel fur with a checker board fur pattern around bottom hem and cuffs. It was made for Silas Kangegana by his mother in 1962. Silas was a reindeer herder in the Mackenzie Delta.
This Remington Standard 12 typewriter was probably used by William (Billy) Joss at the Hudson’s Bay Company post at Bernard Harbour in the 1920s. He may have used it at other posts, including Ulukhaktok where he was also stationed.