In 2015, the Dutch collector Hans van Berkel, granted his Inuit (and Chukchi) art and handicraft collection to the National Museum of Ethlogy, w National Museum of World Cultures, in Leiden, resulting from his private collecting of more than thirty years. From the early 1970s up till w, Mr. Van Berkel built up the most important and all-round private Inuit-related collection in the Netherlands, counting ca 700 objects. Hans van Berkel became inspired by the live and work of especially Canadian Inuit hunters and carvers during the early 1970s, due to close contacts with Leo Mol, a rewned sculptor in Winnipeg, Canada. Gifts from him were the first Inuit art objects in what later became the Van Berkel Collection'. This book presents some of his most beautiful or interesting artefacts, objects with a peculiar history. Reflecting his special interests, shamanism and spiritual culture, are particularly well represented in a collection that portrays t only the skilled craftsmanship of Inuit and Chukchi artisans, but also shows the daily life of hunters, reindeer herders and their wife's, and rms and values of these remarkable cultures of rthern Canada, Greenland and Siberia.
Cunera Buijs is curator for the Arctic Department of the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden. Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad is a research collaborator at the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution. Other contributors are Frederic Laugrand, Jarich Oosten, Cornelius Remie, and Karel Stevens.