Arctic Passages: The Photographs of John Bockstoce and his Arctic Journey

Exhibition Opening Date: March 2021
Herman Melville Room

John Bockstoce has been described as an “Arctic Ulysses.” An Arctic anthropologist, historian, and archaeologist with a deep appreciation for Arctic people and culture, Bockstoce navigated the Northwest Passage—an icy and dangerous voyage—over the course of a decade. Much of the journey was done in a salvaged, walrus-hide covered umiak. Through his photographs, join John Bockstoce and Inupiaq hunters and experience his own narration of small-boat journeys through the Arctic. These images along with the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s own collection of indigenous Arctic art provide us with a profound understanding of Arctic whaling cultures and the connections between Arctic and Yankee whalers and beg the question of what is the future of the people and culture of the Arctic as a result of climate change.

Caption: (left) John R. Bockstoce. Walrus. 2018.6.74. (middle) John R. Bockstoce. Blanket Toss. 2018.6.190. (right) John R. Bockstoce. Overcast/Moon Shot.  2018.6.34

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