Knitting for pre-history: Yarn Bombing Ice-Age Mammals


Yarn Bombed Mammoth – photo courtesy of Tyler Kuhn

Ever since we started yarn bombing, we’ve always wanted to yarn bomb the large sculptures of prehistoric mammoths and the giant beaver on display at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.  This week we got our chance!  Working in partnership with the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre the Yarn  Bomb Yukon team covered the  mammoth and beaver for the upcoming Canadian Museums Association Conference held in Whitehorse May 27 to June 1.  The theme of this year’s conference is Cultural Collaborations, and we thought this project would be a great example of museum and community collaboration.   Thanks to our great team and to Tyler Kuhn for the excellent photos.

Beringia Ice-Age Mammals that have been Yarn-Bombed

Woolly Mammoth  (Mammuthus primigenius). Considered to be symbolic of the last Ice Age (Quaternary – the last 2 million years) due to their large size, broad geographic distribution, relative abundance during the last glaciation, and adaptation to cold environments.

Giant Beaver (Castoroides ohioensis). This was the largest rodent in North America during the last Ice Age (Quaternary – the last 2 million years).

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