Helen Kalvak

Hunting and Fishing

1962
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Here Kalvak illustrates the division of labour in traditional Inuit culture, still often practiced. Inuk youth and Nunavut Sivuniksavut student Charlotte Qamaniq laughs as she recounts a story from her childhood: When I was about ten, my family and another family went camping and hunting. The boys and the men took their rifles to go caribou hunting and left us back at the tent. While they were gone, a bull caribou came to the tent. He had huge antlers and he had so much fat on him! They didn’t leave us a gun, so we couldn’t get it. Hours later, the men came home with a tiny little caribou – no fat, no antlers or anything. We teased them about the big bull that had come to the tent while they were gone.
Artist
Title
Hunting and Fishing
Date
1962
Medium
Drawing
Materials
graphite on beige wove paper
Dimensions
27.5 x 39.4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
Rights
© Public Trustee of Nunavut. Estate of Helen Kalvak
Accession number
36362

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