About the Collector

Richard Slobodin (1915–2005) first visited the Gwich’in community of Fort McPherson in the winter of 1938–1939. Following Anthropology studies at Columbia University and military service during the Second World War, he returned to the region to conduct anthropological research in 1946. In the 1960s, while a professor of Anthropology at McMaster University, he made four field trips to the western Subarctic, and published several papers and a book (Band Organization of the Peel River Kutchin) on the Gwich’in.

Richard Slobodin and Alfred Bonnetplume

Richard Slobodin with a loaded sled