A ceramic bottle in the shape of a polar bear. This limited edition bottle contains scotch whisky bottled by the Government of the NWT in the 1970s. Memories vary as to the occasion. It was available at liquor stores, and has been associated with royal visits, commissioner’s balls and RCMP functions.
A large tin can, roughly cut down to an appropriate height to serve as a dog bowl. It was used at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment at Fort Reliance on Great Slave Lake which was in operation from 1927 to 1965. The bowl belonged to Jumbo who worked with members at the Fort Reliance detachment.
A wooden paddle used by Bill Farley during the 1970 NWT Centennial commemorative ‘Alexander Mackenzie Canoe Race’. The race was down the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Inuvik, a distance of 1760 kilometers. Teams from ten NWT communities participated. Farley was a member of the Yellowknife team. After the race’s finish in Inuvik he got a list of all race participants and wrote their names on the blade.
A stromatolite fossil specimen with a concentric circle pattern, collected in 2001 by Dave Smith at Utsingi Point on the East Arm, Great Slave Lake. Stromatolites are the oldest record of life on Earth, dating to billions of years ago. They are formed by colonies of blue-green algae or cyanobacteria excreting lime and trapping it in microbial mats. Commonly in the shape of mounds, they may also form in columns or sheets.