A dog whip used by RCMP Inspector Cyril Kirk who was posted in Aklavik. The whip was made by Martha Stewart, whose husband Andy Stewart was a Special Constable in Aklavik at that time. The lash is dyed with burnt alder or willow ash. The handle rattles when shaken. There may be lead pellets inside, for weight.
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.
Novelty licence plates were produced by the Gwich’in First Nation as promotional items. Aklavik resident and elder Mary Kendi, a prolific sewer, community activist, and cultural instructor, fastened this plate to the front of her walker.
A long-handled prayer bag made of moose hide and beaded with floral designs. This bag was used to carry religious articles, such as books and bibles, to church. Collected by Reverend Leonard Holman, principal of All Saints Anglican Residential School.