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West Greenland women aboard the 'Bowdoin,' 1926

West Greenland women aboard the 'Bowdoin,' 1926

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Sitting on the rail during the schooner's visit to West Greenland, these women show off their traditional clothing. They wear beaded collars over cloth jackets with fur at neck and cuffs, and fancy boots reaching over the knee to meet short fur pants decorated with embroidery and inset strips of contrasting fur.

During the summer of 1926, the schooner Bowdoin traveled to Labrador, Baffin Island, and Greenland on an expedition sponsored by the Field Museum of Chicago. The scientists working with Donald MacMillan concentrated on marine life and plant studies.

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