Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Arctic Bay Kayaker

I left off yesterday with agricultural pottery of the Iroquois. Here is more of it.

Moving into the Arctic, we find a display that's a collaboration between museum archaeologists and the community where remains were found. Dating back 800 years, the remains were that of an Inuit man living on northern Baffin Island. His tools buried with him are reproduced and on display, and a full sized forensic recreation stands here. After study of the remains, his body was re-interred, and the original artifacts given back to the community of Arctic Bay. He's been given the name Nuvumiutaq.

Returning to the Iroquois, here we see a digital bird's eye view of a village.

Of course change was on the horizon. The first confirmed European contact came a millennium ago, in the form of the Vikings.


  1. I so enjoy when you post about your visits.
    At one time I wanted to study Archaeology. This is so interesting.
    Sorry I have been missing.

  2. Interesting, they had a fence around their village. Also the form of their houses is unique, I´ve never seen anything like it.

  3. I didn't know about Nuvumiutaq, but it has been a long time since I did this tour. We did visit the Neanderthals last summer but not the rest of the museum.

  4. Thanks to the Archaeologists, we are able to learn so much on these subjects.

  5. I have never visited the Arctic and I doubt that I ever will now.i have been in Ottawa when it has felt subarctic, however!.

  6. ...a society of noble individuals who live in this area too!

  7. Arctic Bay for the tough and determined only!

    Janis GDP

  8. Hello, Nice exhibit, I like the view of the village. Wishing you a good day!

  9. The design of the village is interesting William, almost fort like with the wall surrounding it.

  10. It's really neat to see what their village would have looked like.

  11. It does the heart good to read he is back in his land.

  12. It is a pretty general reference to the Norse settlement.

  13. Nuvu was quite a good looking guy. I like the village, too. :-)

  14. The pottery and its designs have always helped well as the tools of hunting/fishing/preparing food. I am glad this museum is sharing them, but they leave out a lot of information which I sorely miss. Perhaps someday they will have more extensive descriptions.

  15. Surprised to see that some of the Iroquois villages were so large.

  16. It's amazing what archeologists can learn from these items.

  17. @Parsnip: thank you.

    @Iris: the Iroquois would have had conflicts with other tribes, so it would have made sense to have a defensive perimeter.

    @Anvilcloud: you should pay another visit.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Nancy: that is true.

    @David: Ottawa can feel that way.

    @Tom: indeed.

    @Janis: I'd like to see it someday.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Grace: it seems so.

    @Tanya: definitely.

    @Maywyn: it's the responsible way of archaeology.

    @Marie: the Norse didn't leave a whole lot of evidence behind.

    @DJan: he does stand out.

    @RedPat: there's a lot here.

    @Barbara: to be fair, if I photographed every panel and description, I'd have two thousand photographs or more.

    @Red: they could be, especially as agriculture developed as a technique.

    @Sharon: that's true.

  18. The village bears a great deal of similarity to those built by tribes here on the Virginia peninsula.

  19. Nice view of that village. It reminds me a bit of the village from a comic that we have here

  20. Very interesting history and the way they lived.

  21. Visited that museum once. Beautiful artifacts collection.

  22. Fascinating artifacts of the other Inuit man and Iriquois too ~ wonderful post ~

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. Incredible, how fascinating to take this journey into the past.

  24. Some of the museums in the U.S. are only now beginning to give artifacts back to our Native Americans, and sometimes it's taken years of controversy.

  25. The museum's conservation efforts are totally commendable.

  26. @Marleen: that it is.

    @Revrunner: that doesn't surprise me.

    @Jan: I can imagine that.

    @Alexandria: definitely.

    @SC: it is a grand museum.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Gemel: it is.

    @Kay: the same here.

    @Happyone: it is, yes.

    @Joanne: very much so.

  27. William - it is refreshing to hear that the museum and the community worked together on the display of the Inuit man, and that the artifacts were returned. A model that perhaps others can follow!

  28. Iroquois Confederacy extends into New York State and remains a viable entity to this day. Thanks William