‘Bear’s Head’ by Sheojuk Etidlooie – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1995 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Inuit maintain strong spiritual connection to the animals they rely on for subsistence, and this is also true for polar bears. They believe that the spirits of humans and polar bears are interchangeable. Inuit stories tell of polar bears turning into men, walking upright, talking and shedding their skins in their homes. Inuit appreciate the polar bear’s strength, patience, curiosity, speed, and its maternal devotion to its cubs. Many Inuit believe that their ancestors learned how to hunt seals by watching polar bears.
In this strong, yet simple and warm composition by Sheojuk she dedicates a full design to a bear’s head keeping out of sight all of the dangerous events that must have taken place to bring to the camp all that a bear offers, fur, bones, meat, and this head.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.