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I would like to thank Bernadette Driscoll who, in a letter to Odette Leroux, former curator of Inuit art at CMC, pointed out the similarity between some of the ivory carvings Comer had collected for Boas and the carvings in the CMC’s collection. She made the connection that the Era and the Neptune had wintered beside each other in 1903/04, which introduced a new line of enquiry, the result of which is this essay.


  • Blodgett, Jean
    1979 “The Historic Period in Inuit Art,” Beaver, vol.310, no.1 (Summer), 17-27.

  • Boas, Franz
    1901 “The Eskimo of Baffin Land and Hudson Bay,” Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, vol.15, part 1, 113.

  • Borden, K. Ethel
    1961 “Northward 1903-04,” Canadian Geographic Journal, vol.50, no.1 (January), 32-39.

  • Borden, Lorris Elijah
    1904 “The lost Expedition”. Unpublished diary. National Archives of Canada: MG 30, vol.1-3.

  • Driscoll, Bernadette
    1988 “Zwischen Konvention und Innovation: die historische Periode der Inuit-Kunst 1800-1950,” in Zeitgenoessische Kunst der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada, ed. Gerhard Hoffmann. Stuttgart: Cantz Verlag.

  • Lamb, Kaye
    1964 Letter to Mrs. L.E. Borden, July 8

  • Low, A. P.
    1906 The Cruise of the Neptune: Report on the Dominion Government Expedition to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Islands 1903-1904. Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau.

  • Martijn, Charles A.
    1964 “Canadian Eskimo Carving in Historical Perspective,” in Anthropos, vol.59, 546-596.

  • Ross, W. Gillies, ed.
    1984 An Arctic Whaling Diary: The Journal of Captain George Comer in Hudson Bay 1903-1905. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

  • Thomson, Jane Sproull
    1992 “A Tiny Arctic World,” in Inuit Art Quarterly, vol.7, no 4, 14-23.

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