Helen Kalvak

Scraping a Bearskin

1962
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Father Henri Tardy, a priest who ran the Catholic mission in Holman, helped to form the Holman Eskimo Co-operative in 1961. In a 1979 interview published in Inuktitut Magazine, he recognized Kalvak’s artistic talent: I was then taking practical lessons in the Eskimo language from a superb grandmother, Helen Kalvak, collecting stories of the past. Sometimes to explain, she would make a drawing. One day I asked her to make me an Eskimo parka out of caribou hide and, contrary to Eskimo fashion, she drew a design of it. She was on her way to becoming a remarkable artist, with many designs to her credit.
Artist
Title
Scraping a Bearskin
Date
1962
Medium
Drawing
Materials
graphite on beige wove paper
Dimensions
27.5 x 39.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989
Accession number
36364

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