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British Museum exhibition sheds light on Arctic’s changing climate

Arctic: Culture And Climate runs until February 21.

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Staff members looks at artwork entitled Silent Messenger (Victoria Jones/PA)

Staff members looks at artwork entitled Silent Messenger (Victoria Jones/PA)

Staff members looks at artwork entitled Silent Messenger (Victoria Jones/PA)

More than 250 objects highlighting how Arctic peoples have adapted to the region’s harsh climate have gone on display at the British Museum.

The London museum’s Arctic: Culture And Climate exhibition explores the history of the indigenous population through the lens of climate change and weather.

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An amauti and a kayaq used by Inuit and Aleut hunters (Victoria Jones/PA)

An amauti and a kayaq used by Inuit and Aleut hunters (Victoria Jones/PA)

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An amauti and a kayaq used by Inuit and Aleut hunters (Victoria Jones/PA)

Among the items are an amauti, a parka with a baby carrier built into the hood, and a kayaq used by Inuit and Aleut hunters during the 1800s.

Also on display is a waterproof whaling suit from a Kalaallit hunter, the only complete one of its kind in the world, dated 1834.

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Woven Inuit clothing that form an artwork entitled Atigiit, Silapaat (Victoria Jones/PA)

Woven Inuit clothing that form an artwork entitled Atigiit, Silapaat (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Woven Inuit clothing that form an artwork entitled Atigiit, Silapaat (Victoria Jones/PA)

One artwork entitled Silent Messenger represents an Inuit land marker.

The display also includes various sledges which are suitable for different types of snow.

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A Kalaallit whaling suit (Victoria Jones/PA)

A Kalaallit whaling suit (Victoria Jones/PA)

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A Kalaallit whaling suit (Victoria Jones/PA)

Also included in the exhibition are a number of videos of interviews with indigenous people discussing their experiences of the changing Arctic climate.

The British Museum’s Citi exhibition Arctic: Culture And Climate runs from October 22 to February 21.

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