Odds and quads

The caribou figurine from the Canadian Arctic (above, top-left), dated to around 1920, was used in rituals by Inuit hunters.

April 11, 2013

The “seal indicator” (above, bottom-left), also Canadian and from the early 20th century, was placed above a breathing hole in the ice located with the help of dogs. Hunters would wait patiently for hours, ready to strike with a harpoon when they saw the feather move.

The mid-19th-century women’s sewing kit from Alaska (above, right) includes a needle case, a holder to hide thimbles and an awl.

All these items come from the University of Aberdeen’s rich collection of ethnographic material from the Arctic. They are on display at the King’s Museum on the Aberdeen campus until 7 September as part of an exhibition titled Nunalleq: The Yupiit and the Arctic World.

The exhibition also includes masks, dolls, ivory carvings and other remarkable discoveries from a prehistoric Alaskan village on the shores of the Bering Sea, where the local community asked Aberdeen archaeologists to carry out a dig to rescue artefacts threatened by erosion.

The material is owned by the village corporation of Qanirtuuq and will return to Alaska after it has been conserved, catalogued and analysed.

Send suggestions for this series on the treasures, oddities and curiosities owned by universities across the world to matthew.reisz@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

Felipe Fernández-Armesto takes issue with a claim that the EU has been playing the sovereignty card in Brexit negotiations

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

John McEnroe arguing with umpire. Tennis

Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman explain how to negotiate your annual performance and development review

Man throwing axes

UCU attacks plans to cut 171 posts, but university denies Brexit 'the reason'

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald