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James Jerome Exhibit on display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Museum Alive! Open House

Yellowknife (June 4, 2009) – An exhibit of photographs by Gwich’in photographer James Jerome will be on display at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) this summer and fall, and travelling throughout the Gwich’in Settlement Area over the winter.Jerome was a professional photographer born in Aklavik and schooled in Inuvik. He worked in the Northwest Territories in the 1970s. This exhibit is the culmination of a cataloguing and digitization project, involving over 3500 James Jerome photographs. The selected photos were taken at fish camps between 1977-1979 in the Gwich’in traditional land use areas along the Mackenzie, Peel and Arctic Red Rivers.

In 1979, a house fire claimed Jerome’s life and damaged many of the negatives and prints that are now in the NWT Archives, donated by Jerome’s partner, Elizabeth Jansen Hadlari, and son Thomas Hadlari. In 2008, the Gwich’in Social and Culture Institute (GSCI) coordinated workshops in the Gwich’in communities of Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson, where elders helped to identify people and places in the photographs. 3,500 of the photographs were given detailed descriptions.

“These photographs are a learning tool and help us celebrate the past of the Gwich’in people,” said the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “Congratulations to everyone who worked on the project.”

The public is invited to the exhibit’s official opening on June 7th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Tea and bannock will be served. The exhibit will be on display at the PWNHC from June 7th to November 1st, 2009. It will be travelling in the Gwich’in Settlement Area communities of Inuvik, Aklavik, Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic between November 2009 and June 2010.

For more information, contact:

Shawn McCann
Manager of Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Tel: (867) 920-6222