1873 exhibit of Kane, Joe and his wife Hanna

$300.00

Historic stereoview showing the 1873 exhibit of Kane, “Joe” (Inuktitut name “Ebierbing”) and his wife “Hanna” (Inuktitut name “Tookoolito”), photographed by Smithsonian photographer Thomas W. Smillie (1843-1917). Appointed in 1870, Smillie served in the position for 47 years. The photographer’s studio occupied the west cloister from 1872 until 1875 when it was moved to a building constructed west of the Castle. Kane’s clothing displayed on a manikin consisted of a loose fitting fox-skin shirt attached to an almost air-tight hood. Underneath the shirt was a similar one made of bird-skins, chewed in the mouth by women until they were perfectly soft; reportedly more than 500 Auks were used to make a garment of this type! The lower extremities were protected by a pair of bear-skin breeches and boots which consisted of bird-skin socks padded with grass and topped by bear-skin uppers.

Image Type: Stereoview
Title: None.
Photographer/Publisher: Attributed to Smithsonian photographer Thomas W. Smillie (1843-1917).
Size: ~ 3.9375″ x 6.9375″
Condition: Light edge wear and surface soil, otherwise very nice with excellent contrast and tone. Blank back.

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