Dead Male Duck
‘Dead Male Duck’ by Itee Pootoogook – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2012 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Fantastic drawing technique that can be appreciated by the texture given to the feathers of the duck and the roughness of the rock or lays on. Somehow, my impression is that this is not a celebratory capture of the kill even though this is an important seasonal hunt. There is no morbidity either but solemnity. As if the viewer stands there looking at the dead birth on the floor, not hesitating to pick up but just taken, captured by this moment of death. The duck displays a mild blood stain on its side….
The common eider duck, is known in the Arctic as kingaliks (male) and mitiinnaq (female). These birds are both nutritionally and culturally rich as an important component of a northern diet and celebration events. Each spring the birds migrate following open water leads and pass directly by the shores of the community. This migration route is normally predictable and brings them near enough to the edge of the ice where they become more easily accessible to hunters. This can be a bountiful season for many hunters, some harvesting as many as 100 ducks to last the year.