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Seated Man Holding a Fox by the Leg, 1949

Unknown (Inuit Artist - Inukjuak, Nunavik region, Quebec)

black stone
8 x 6.1 x 8.1 cm
Gift of M.F. Feheley, Toronto, 1988
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30083)

This narrative work illustrates the technique of preparing a fox skin. Inuit throughout the Arctic engaged actively in the fur trade. During the 1920s and 1930s, they had the best of two worlds, as they were able to both purchase manufactured goods from the Hudson's Bay Company posts and obtain sufficient food from the subsistence hunting that they had practised for generations. The collapse of the market during the Great Depression and the Second World War heralded the radical changes to come in the North.




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