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Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador

Young man wearing sealskin clothes, Rockland, 1891

Young man wearing sealskin clothes, Rockland, 1891

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

This unidentified young man is likely one of the expedition members. He posed at the Singhi Studio in Rockland, outfitted in sealskin clothes and holding the round snowshoes used by the Labrador Innu, also known as Naskapi, a Native American group.

It seems that the "Bowdoin Boys" longed both to re-create their summer of adventure in the Arctic wilderness, and to demonstrate the effect their adventures in Labrador had on their lives.

Bibliography

Anon. "The Grand Falls of Labrador Still A Mystery." Goldthwaite’s Geographical Magazine 1.5 (1891): 327.

Baxter, Rupert H. "Not A Flying Yankee." The Portland Weekly Advertiser. 2 July 1891.

Cary, Austin. “Lecture before American Geographical Society.” Chickering Hall, New York City. 4 Jan. 1892. Lecture. Bowdoin College George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Cary, Austin. “Exploration on Grand River, Labrador.” American Geographical Society 24 (1892): 15-17. Partial. Bowdoin College George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Cilley, Jonathan Prince. Bowdoin Boys in Labrador: An Account of the Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador Led by Prof. Leslie A. Lee of the Biological Department. Rockland, Maine: Rockland Publishing Company, 1893.

Simonton, Fred. Unpublished expedition diary. 1891. Bowdoin College George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.


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