Caribou Man

Art Type
Baker Lake 1982
Stonecut & Stencil on Kozo paper
Certified Limited Edition Print # 42 of 50 printed by Magdalene Ukpatiku
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 22 x 29 in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 56 x 74 cm
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Caribou Man” by Luke Anguhadluq – Inuit Art from Baker Lake 1982 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts

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Condition:          small crease on the lower right corner of the paper

Description by Artist:     No description by artist found.

Notes from DaVic Gallery:   “Caribou Man” –  is one of many animal master characters in Inuit mythology who lead and care for various species of animals and, among other things, give Inuit permission to hunt them for food and materials. Caribou Man is often said to have been an Inuk man who fell in love with a caribou woman and turned into a caribou himself. If the spirit of the caribou or other game animals are not properly respected, Caribou Man may become angry and withhold the animals, causing famines. For this reason the Inuit are always very careful to follow traditional hunting rituals to show respect to the caribou and other animals.

The myth of the young man who marries a caribou and goes to live with the herd is one demonstrating the merging of the physical and cosmological aspects of hunting. There is reciprocity between the caribous and humans with this young man becoming a caribou himself and part of the herd and then the caribou in return wanting to satisfy the hunger of the Inuit thus giving life by taking life. Marriage between humans and animals create balance and respect for humans hunting actions as the marriage represents an act of sacrifice by the humans with the boy not returning back with the humans and remaining with the caribou herd.  Caribou Man might be seen as human but he really became a caribou after he married a female caribou.  He didn’t feel like caribou and saw his wife as a girl.

This is print is dated and issued in 1982, the same year Luke passed away in the month of February and still carries Luke’s signature indicating perhaps one of his very last signed prints.