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Point, Projectile

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Nom de l'objet : Point, Projectile
Numéro d'accession : 1973.1.116
Description : A bone projectile point that is unilaterally barbed with a tapered stem for hafting. Red pigment is found on the point.
Commentaires : Isaac Stringer was born in Kingarf, Ontario in 1866. He became a theology student at Wycliffe College in 1888. After accepting a post to go north as a missionary, Stringer, along with theology, learnt dentistry, obstetrics and minor surgery. These skills were sorely needed in isolated arctic villages where Stringer would serve not only as a spiritual presence but as a rudimentary physician to the First Nations people. On May 15, 1892, Stringer was ordained and left for the north the next day. During this time, he wrote to his fiancée, Sadie Stringer, cautioning her on what to expect in the arctic north. Sadie prepared by enrolling in nursing classes and deaconess school. In 1896, the couple was married and two months later they headed north. From 1897 to 1901, the Stringers set up a mission on Herschel Island. By 1905, Stringer was consecrated as Bishop of Selkirk and the family moved to Dawson City, Yukon. His career in the Anglican Church continued to progress and by 1931, Stringer was elected as Archbishop of Rupert's Land. But heart problems and the stress of his vocation plagued him and in 1934 he succumbed to a heart attack. Stringer is best known for his survival tale, as 'the Bishop who ate his boots.' It was on a trip through the arctic wilderness from Fort McPherson back to Dawson City in 1909 that the famous incident occurred. He and his companion, missionary Charles E Johnson, became lost for fifty one days. His dairy entry for October 31, 1909 reads in part as follows: "Breakfast of sealskin boot, soles and tops boiled and toasted. Soles better than uppers. Soup of small scraps of bacon rind and spoonful of flour, the last we had." Shortly after this they found a settlement and luckily the diet did not have to continue.
Fonctions : The projectile point belonged to Bishop I.O. Stringer.
Sujet ou image : Yukon People, First Nations
Établissement : MacBride Museum
Ville de l'établissement : Whitehorse
Province de l'établissement : Yukon Territory
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