Bowhead Spine and Skidoo Track
‘Bowhead Spine and Skidoo Track’ by Itee Pootoogook – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2011 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Condition: Three framer tapes left verso of paper. Image is unaffected.
Description by Artist: “This is the spine of bowhead whale. Above it is a skidootrack”.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Bowhead whales, also known as Arctic Whale, can grow between 45 to 60 ft (14 to 18m) long and weigh up to 100 tons. Early Inuit were already accomplished whalers when they began moving into Arctic Canada about 1,000 years ago. Like Inuit today, early Inuit depended on a variety of animals for food, including seals, caribou, fish, walrus, and other sea mammals. In areas where whales were abundant, whale hunting provided for blubber, meat, oil, bones, and baleen. Whale hunting became the focus of a complex and sophisticated technology, and of spiritual ideas which are among the highest expressions of Inuit culture.
Commercial whaling then contributed greatly to the reduction in population of the whale to near extension killing them by the thousands until 1972 that commercial whaling is banned. Since 1991, whaling is allowed for Inuit people for subsistence.