A piece of laminated mulberry paper from a World War II Japanese air balloon recovered near Hay River in June 1945. The Japanese launched approximately 9,300 of these hydrogen-filled balloons in 1944 and 1945. They were carried by air currents to North America. Most balloons carried small bombs, intended to cause panic and start forest fires.
A sewing kit made of caribou and moose hide with metal beads and a bone button. Sometimes called a 'chatelaine', this kit has a needle holder, a pin cushion, a thimble holder and a sheath for scissors. Collected by Canon Alfred Vale, principal of St. Peter’s Anglican Mission School.
Upper and lower jaw of an ichthyosaur (Maiaspondylus lindoei) with teeth intact. The fossil is from the Loon River Formation on the Hay River and dates to the Lower Cretaceous, about 110 million years ago. Ichthyosaurs were marine reptiles that looked a bit like the modern dolphin.