Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Arctic

Development of the Arctic Gallery has been done in collaboration and consultation with indigenous people of the Far North. This includes artifacts or clothing, writing in three languages (one of which is an Inuit language), and panels that reflect "our story" as opposed to the traditional objective way of phrasing things. I like the decor around the gallery, which is colourful and often features wildlife.


Human beings have learned to live in the Far North, first the First Nations, and then those white people who came into the North for one reason or another. Adaptation was always called upon for them, either in clothing or tools needed to live in such an unforgiving place.


On my way out, I paused to photograph a display case with these birds, and then those slabs of ice again. The Arctic Gallery left me impressed.

32 comments:

  1. Interesting exhibition to visit. Have a great weekend!

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  2. A museum I would certainly like to visit. Interesting exhibition.

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  3. i enjoy the art and the clothing. looks very warm. ( ;

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  4. @Sussi: it is!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Marleen: it is a wonderful place to visit.

    @Beth: it would have to be!

    @Tom: definitely!

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  5. Hello, what a great exhibit. I can not imagine living in such a harsh place, the winters must be awful. I am a wimp with cold weather. Happy weekend!

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  6. Fascinating exhibit
    Thank you for the pictures

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  7. I STILL HAVE MY aRCTIC COAT (DUFFEL WESTERN ARCTIC. iT WAS COMFORTABLE ALL THE TIME INDOORS OR OUTDOORS.

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  8. I'm such a wimp when it comes to cold that I'm not sure any of those costumes would keep me warm enough.

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  9. I can see why you enjoyed it so much William, it's always so interesting to see how other cultures live and survive harsh climates. The artwork is fabulous!

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  10. Your post conveys the spareness of the place!

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  11. @Eileen: I love the cold, but this would be a whole magnitude more of cold than I am used to!

    @Maywyn: you're welcome.

    @Red: you've spent your share of time up in the North!

    @Sharon: they're designed to keep a person warm.

    @Grace: this place was well thought out when they decided to design this gallery.

    @Cloudia: spareness fits the high Arctic.

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  12. The traditional ways worked!

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  13. Great exhibits! I visited Yellowknife long long time ago. The cold temperature was seriously unforgiving. It was interesting to see those particular clothings and gears there.

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  14. It all looks really interesting.

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  15. Looks like it is taken straight out from the life up in the north of Norway (Sweden and Finland too.)

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  16. Make me think of the harsh conditions these people lived in.

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  17. A great exhibition William. If you don't adapt to the harsh climate, you won't live very long. I have a friend who makes parkas, she is Inupiaq and from Kotzebue which is in the western part of Alaska. Cold weather means be prepared and it's great advice.

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  18. I would love to see this exhibit. People learn to survive in such harsh conditions.

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  19. Such a fascinating and beautiful series, William!

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  20. @RedPat: they did!

    @Tamago: I would love to see the North someday.

    @Jenny: it was!

    @Gunn: the same conditions can be found there.

    @Revrunner: and indeed continue to live in.

    @Bill: you must be prepared in the north.

    @Denise: they certainly do.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Mari: thank you.

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  21. I can't imagine living in such cold weather.

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    1. It would take a big adjustment. My sister-in-law's sister was a hospital logistics staffer in the far north for many years.

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  22. Adaptation, indeed! It's hard to imagine humans living in such conditions, though these displays help bring it into focus.

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  23. That's an interesting exhibition. I specially like the wall painting in your first photo.

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