Apollo

Arctic: Culture and Climate

British Museum, London

22 Oct 2020 - 21 Feb 2021

This display looks at life in the far north over a period of some 30,000 years. Archaeological finds, tools and clothing reveal how Arctic peoples have adapted to the harsh climate over the millennia, and responded to colonisation in more recent centuries. Key objects include a sled fashioned from narwhal and caribou bone and driftwood, acquired by the polar explorer John Ross at the moment of first contact between Europeans and the Inughuit people of Greenland. Finally, contemporary artworks and photographs reveal how Arctic peoples today are facing the challenges of globalisation and global warming. Find out more from the British Museum’s website.

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Sledge (1818), Inughuit, North Greenland.

Sledge (1818), Inughuit, North Greenland. Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum

Woman’s hat (before 1919), Sámi, Norway.

Woman’s hat (before 1919), Sámi, Norway. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum

Umiaq and north wind during spring whaling (2019), Kiliii Yuyan.

Umiaq and north wind during spring whaling (2019), Kiliii Yuyan. © Kiliii Yuyan

There’s Another One (2012), Andrew Qappik.

There’s Another One (2012), Andrew Qappik. © Andrew Qappik

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