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 ‘Johnson’ eight horsepower ‘OK-20’ gasoline boat motor. This motor was being used by a Dene man on his home-made boat in 1962 when Bern Will Brown arrived in Colville Lake. Small boat motors like this are also called ‘kickers’ and could be strapped on the back of freighter canoes, making travel much easier for people using the waterways.
A soft-bodied doll resembling a ‘Viking warrior’, commercially produced for a fundraising and awareness campaign by the “Women Warriors of the Sahtu” who wanted a road built to the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories. Newspaper columnist and personality Cece Hodgson-McCauley was the instigator of the campaign, and the doll was made to look like her.