Copper Bracelets Item Number: E2070-0 from the National Museum of Natural History


FROM CARD: "COPPER WIRE, BENT IN CIRCLE. FORT ANDERSON, MACKENZIE RIVER."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 12-30-2019: Two bracelets made from copper. Although Inuvialuit obtained naturally-occuring copper through trade with Copper Inuit, these bracelets most likely were made from copper wire obtained from the Hudson's Bay Company. More information here: Bracelets made from copper, brass or iron wire were commonly worn by women in the Western Arctic, and sometimes several were worn on the same wrist. Bone, antler and ivory pendants sewn around the cuffs of gloves also formed a type of bracelet.