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Eskimo Artefacts (General)

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    You can download a pdf copy of “The Eskimo of Baffin Land and Hudson Bay: from notes collected by George Comer, James S. Mutch, and E.J. Peck” published in the Bulletin of the AMNH Volume 15 in 1901 here:

    Note that it’s a 70MB download running to 382 pages

    This remarkable work covers the social organization, language, traditions, customs and religious ideas of the Eskimo but also has a wealth of information about their material culture. Among the huge array of artefacts illustrated and described (many of which are completely unique to their lifestyle) are:

    Harpoons, fish spears, fishing tackle, floats, lures and associated items.
    Bows, arrows, points, shaft-straighteners and associated items.
    Knives, skin-scrapers, drills and gravers.
    Snow shovels, ice cutting tools and even an ear trumpet to listen for seals at ice holes.
    Decoys and bird nets.
    Lamps, bowls, cups, ladles, spoons etc.
    Snowshoes, snow goggles, sleds, dog harnesses and whips.
    Clothing, plus associated toggles, buckles etc.
    Hair ornaments and combs.
    Carvings, toys and items used in games.
    Kayaks, paddles etc.

    Here’s a couple of illustrations to whet your appetite:

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    I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.