Item Records

This page shows all the information we have about this item. Both the institution that physically holds this item, and RRN members have contributed the knowledge on this page. You’re looking at the item record provided by the holding institution. If you scroll further down the page, you’ll see the information from RRN members, and can share your own knowledge too.

The RRN processes the information it receives from each institution to make it more readable and easier to search. If you’re doing in-depth research on this item, be sure to take a look at the Data Source tab to see the information exactly as it was provided by the institution.

These records are easy to share because each has a unique web address. You can copy and paste the location from your browser’s address bar into an email, word document, or chat message to share this item with others.

  • Data
  • Data Source

This information was automatically generated from data provided by National Museum of Natural History. It has been standardized to aid in finding and grouping information within the RRN. Accuracy and meaning should be verified from the Data Source tab.


Box and lid. Though catalogued as a packing box, "tool box" is written on the artifact itself. Card indicates this is Inuit made.Source of the information below: Inuvialuit Pitqusiit Inuuniarutait: Inuvialuit Living History, The MacFarlane Collection website, by the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre (ICRC), Inuvik, N.W.T., Canada (website credits here ), entry on this artifact , retrieved 2-11-2020: Box made from wood. A long side piece has been bent into a 'U' shape, and has a smaller end piece attached to it with wood pegs. The bottom also is held in place with wood pegs. The lid is loose, but two holes drilled through at an angle near the curved end, and a similar hole at the other end that line up with corresponding holes in the side piece, likely were used for lashing the lid to the side. Grooves in edges of the lid near the straight end that line up with similar grooves on the side piece were probably made to hold a thong that encircled the box. Scratches in the suface of the lid indicate that the box had been used as a cutting board, in addition to being a container. This item is identified in the original Smithsonian Institution catalogue as a 'packing box'; however, the shape follows the traditional design for boxes. More information available here: The MacFarlane collection contains a variety of wooden boxes. Boxes carved from single pieces of wood, and boxes with sides made from bent pieces of wood with bottoms pegged to them, are traditional Inuvialuit forms that were used for storing tools and other objects. Boxes with separate pieces for each side, bottom and top identified in the Smithsonian Institution's artifact catalogue as 'Packing Box Made by Esquimaux' may have been commissioned by MacFarlane for packing artifacts that were sent to the Smithsonian.

Item History

With an account, you can ask other users a question about this item. Request an Account

With an account, you can submit information about this item and have it visible to all users and institutions on the RRN. Request an Account

Similar Items