A de Havilland Fox Moth airplane. The Fox Moth was known as the light workhorse of the skies. It was employed in northern Canada during the 1940s doing a variety of jobs including hauling freight and mail, general transportation, medical evacuation, surveying, and mapping. This aircraft was reconstructed from parts of three wrecked planes that crashed in the Northwest Territories. The reconstruction was completed in 1984, and modeled after Registration CF-BNI which was owned by Jim McAvoy and crashed at Porridge Lake north of Yellowknife in 1946.
These bird eggs are a small sample of 517 eggs collected by Yellowknife geologist and naturalist William McDonald. Most of the eggs were collected between 1940 and 1955 in the Great Slave Lake area, a prime habitat for waterfowl, raptors, and other migrating birds. The pigment on an egg helps to camouflage from predators while in an open nest, and also protects from ultraviolet radiation. The collection is significant because it is well documented with excellent notes on when and where the eggs were found, and the great variety allows for comparison within a range or species. The age of the collection is of interest as well: the eggs were collected before pesticides were widely used, which caused shell thinness and fragility during incubation.
A handmade wooden sled found at John Hornby’s cabin in the Thelon Game Sanctuary. In 1927, Hornby and his two companions, Edgar Christian and Harold Adlard, died of starvation in the small cabin on the Thelon River.
This standing iron is a dog harness decoration composed of a padded wire shaft with a wool pompom on top. It would have been attached upright to the harness right behind the dog’s head. Dog mushers often dressed up their teams for special occasions especially over the Christmas and Easter holidays.