Bow - ROM2005_5505_1



Maker: Netsilingmiut
Medium:Muskox horn, antler, sinew, skin, wood, copper
Geography: King William Island, Nunavut, Canada
Date: 1879
99.6 x 3.5 cm
Object number: 2005.43.1.1
Credit Line: Purchased from the Donald Ellis Gallery Ltd. Acquired through the generosity of the Friends of the Canadian Collections
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionIn 1848, Sir John Franklin’s search for the Northwest Passage came to a tragic end with the loss of both of his ships. It was believed that documents describing the ultimate fate of the expedition were cached in the Arctic. In search of these documents, Lieutenant Frederick Schwatka of the United States Army commanded an 1878 – 1880 overland expedition between northwestern Hudson Bay and King William Island. While on this journey, Schwatka acquired this bow from the Netsilingmiut.
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