A shirt sewn by Cece Hodgson-McCauley while living in Deline. The shirt is made from a nylon parachute acquired by McCauley from a person who salvaged it from ‘Operation Muskox’, a Canadian military exercise that passed through the Great Bear Lake area in the winter of 1946. During Operation Muskox, supplies were dropped by parachute along the route of the expedition, and local people collected the parachutes for re-use.
A large irregular chunk of naturally occuring ‘native’ copper. Source Bern Will Brown found this sample at an old cabin site on the Dease Arm, Great Bear Lake. Copper prospectors were active in the Great Bear Lake area during the 1920s-1930s which could explain why this mineral sample was found there.
A 1961 Bombardier snowmobile owned and used in Deline by Father Rene Fumoleau, an Oblate priest who came to the Northwest Territories in 1953. This was the first snowmobile in the Great Bear Lake area. Father Fumoleau made several modifications to the snow machine in order to keep comfortable and warm on his trips to bush camps in the winter months. He says the snowmobile did not go very fast (10-15 miles per hour) but it was reliable, and never let him down.
A large boat made of eight moose skins stretched over a spruce wood frame and sewn with sinew and babiche. It was built by Shuta Got’ine elders and youth at the headwaters of the Keele River in 1981 to bring back a fading tradition. The project was the subject of a National Film Board film, ‘The Last Mooseskin Boat’. After the boat was built, it travelled down the Mackenzie River to Tulita and has been on exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre ever since. Shuta Got’ine inhabiting the mountains west of the Mackenzie River traveled in moose skin boats from the late 19th century to the 1950s. They were made at mountain camps in early summer to transport people, dogs, dried meat, hides and other goods down the fast-flowing rivers to Mackenzie River trading posts. Built as temporary craft, the boats were dismantled after the journey, and materials reused.