Item #4860 [Inuit] Two 1940s Hand-Colored Photos of "Cogmollok (Copper) Eskimos" in the Canadian Arctic. Unknown Photographer, Old Wikiuk of the Cogmollok Eskimos", Copper, as Subject.
[Inuit] Two 1940s Hand-Colored Photos of "Cogmollok (Copper) Eskimos" in the Canadian Arctic
[Inuit] Two 1940s Hand-Colored Photos of "Cogmollok (Copper) Eskimos" in the Canadian Arctic

[Inuit] Two 1940s Hand-Colored Photos of "Cogmollok (Copper) Eskimos" in the Canadian Arctic

Coppermine, NWT (now Kugluktuk, Nunavut). Mounted Photograph. The visible material culture in these images (a 1940's-style peaked cap, bone snow goggles / "wooden sunglasses", a tobacco tin and the type of photographic process used) all suggest a circa 1940s photo, taken perhaps, to commemorate or record a visit to an Inuit hunting camp by a Medical Doctor, a Hudson's Bay Agent or other short term visitor. Our suggestion is partly based on the robustness of the white man's clothing, which does not appear capable of surviving a single Arctic night in the wild, to be sure. The verso of one image reads "Old Wikiuk of the Cogmollok (Copper) Eskimos – he is at present living in the area of Coppermine. Note the wooden sunglasses. The cigarette, I gave to him for taking his picture." Two hand-colored gelatin silver photographs, both measuring 5.75 x 7.75 inches wide and loosely mounted into hinged archival mats, both measuring 11 x 14 inches wide. Both images are modestly toned with some creasing evident, mostly near edges, light soil and some excess hand-coloring marks near white borders and on versos. Mats are Fine. Very Good. Item #4860

A thought-provoking pair of Arctic images.

Price: $325.00 CAD  other currencies