Spinning top - 2018.21.1_1


Spinning top

Maker: Inuit (Ihalmiut)
Medium:Wood, graphite
Geography: Nueltin Lake, Kivalliq Region, Nunavut
Date: 1949
14 × 4.5 cm
Object number: 2018.21.1
Credit Line: Farley Mowat Collection
Not on view

The top has eleven facets, each with a unique number inscribed in pencil. In 1947, Canadian writer and environmentalist Farley Mowat (1921-2014) worked as a field technician for the American naturalist, Francis Harper, studying barren-ground caribou in the Nueltin Lake area in what is now Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region. Around 1948, he began work with Frank Banfield, then Chief Mammalogist of the newly formed Canadian Wildlife Service, in the same area. Mowat likely collected these objects during his time in Nunavut with Banfield.

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