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Woman Stretching a Skin, 1958

Eli Weetaluktuk
Canada, 1968
dark-green stone and sinew
30.1 x 20.4 x 16.3 cm
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1992 (Gift of Robert Kennedy, Spencerville, Ontario, 1985)
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37458)
© Attributed to Eli Weetaluktuk

This figure of a woman bent over her work is typical of the focus many artists have given to everyday activities - the "how-to" of Inuit life and ways. The u-shaped sealskin stretcher that she balances on her toes is distinctive to Nunavik (Arctic Quebec).

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