M978.76.28 | Compass

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Central Arctic
Inuit: Iglulingmiut
1925-1930, 20th century
Ivory, copper, metal
1.9 x 16.2 cm
Gift of the Estate of Mr. John M. Kinnaird
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

  • What

    Ivory carvings were first collected by ships' crews, and later by company employees and tourists. These "souvenir" objects reflected regional Inuit art styles but often took the shape of foreign paraphernalia such as toothpicks, match boxes, cigarette holders, napkin rings, pipes, cribbage boards, models and even European compasses, like this ingenious reproduction.

  • Where

    This compass was collected either on Southampton Island or at Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Hudson's Bay Company posts were established at these locations between 1921 and 1924.

  • When

    This compass was probably made between 1925-30 by an Aivilingmiut (northwest coast Hudson Bay) artist.

  • Who

    This compass was collected by Mr. J. M. Kinnaird, a Hudson's Bay Company apprentice clerk at Southampton Island from 1925-26 and Pond Inlet from 1928-30.