A sample of tarnished silver, collected by Sam Otto at Echo Bay, Great Bear Lake in the 1930s during the height of the radium and silver rush. Later in life, Sam Otto was a Yellowknife-based prospector and trapper.
A man’s hat made of velvet decorated with pearl seed beads and tassels. This flat-topped, straight-sided style was popular in the 1880s and is often called a smoking cap. The maker recalled that her grandfather Charles P. Gaudet wore a hat like this.
A bronze boat propeller, from the small diesel motor vessel B.E.A.R.. The boat operated on Great Bear Lake in the 1930s by Bear Exploration and Radium Limited to supply its silver mine with freight and move its mine product to market.
An American government licence plate for a U.S. Army vehicle on the Canol Road during World War II. The Canol Project was an engineering effort to build a road and oil pipeline over the Mackenzie Mountains from Norman Wells to Whitehorse, Yukon.