Thomasie Qamugaaluk

Hunter

c. 1955
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The man’s brooding expression and posture communicate both resolve and resignation. He holds the traditional harpoon with its detachable ivory head, but one imagines that his hunt has been unsuccessful. During times of famine, hunters would wait many hours, even days, on the ice at seal breathing holes to capture an animal. After such bouts of physical endurance, it was an equally difficult task to return to their families empty-handed.
Title
Hunter
Date
c. 1955
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
black and white stones, ivory and sealskin
Dimensions
53.2 x 20.2 x 15 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Drache Family, Ottawa, 1997
Accession number
39266