Counting Caribou

Art Type
Cape Dorset 2017
Etching & Aquatint on Arches White paper
Certified Limited Edition Print of 50 printed by Studio PM
Size (in)
Paper Size (H x W): 31 ¼ x 34 in
Size (cm)
Paper Size (H x W): 79 x 86 cm
Not Framed
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“Counting Caribou” by Kakulu Saggiaktok – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 2017 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

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Notes from DaVic Gallery:   For me this is the most modern and most self-describing print she has in her portfolio making allusion to the old and mainstream expression “counting sheep” to sleep peacefully.  In this case Kakulu, makes reference to “Counting Caribou” instead, which is very appropriate for life in the arctic.

Caribou hunting is important to the life of the Inuit as it provides for food, shelter, clothing, tools, and games.  Clothing made from caribou skins is the warmest for northern winters. Caribou skin is made into mitts, parkas, tents, and blankets. A skin is often used as the roof of an igloo.  Caribou meat is a staple in the Inuit diet. Caribou meat is made into stews, steaks, roast, sausage and jerky. Even the hoof of a caribou is made into a delicacy enjoyed by many Inuit.  The sinew from the back of the caribou can be used for sewing. Bones and antlers are used to make tools. Large bones can be used as shovels. Antlers can also be used to make carvings. Caribou teeth are often used for ornamentation.  The Inuit take pride in the many uses they have found for caribou. The Inuit and caribou have a special bond as they share the land.