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  • Collection: The Bernard Collection of Inuit Artifacts

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Born in Tignish, Prince Edward Island on December 23, 1878, twenty year old Joseph F. Bernard and his uncle, made their way to Nome, Alaska to engage in trade along the Alaskan and Siberian coast. Aboard his 13-ton gasoline schooner, the “Teddy…

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Snow goggles to protect the eyes from the blinding sun were carved from wood into a spectacle shape with a narrow slit acting as a lens. The slit was too small to fill with snow but large enough to allow an unrestricted view. A narrow leather band…

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Hunting equipment consisted of the bow and arrow, with a wood shaft and leather string. The arrows were wood with heads made of flint and bone. Due to the scarcity of wood many of the arrows were made up of three or four pieces of wood. Harpoons for…

Slingshots fabricated from pieces of bone suspended at the end of interwoven cord were used to bring down birds on the wing.

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Domestic life was clearly depicted by a number of articles in the collection: wooden dishes of various sizes, wooden ladles and ivory chisels and a variety of small eating and work knives.

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Inuit lighting (tallow lamps) consisted of a shallow stone receptacle in which oil was lighted and allowed to burn slowly. Seal blubber was placed on a higher ridge on one side of the receptacle. This furnished the liquid which flowed into the lower…
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