‘Geese Hunting’ by Jessie Oonark, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1977 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: The weapon depicted in this design resembles the boleadoras first created in Patagonia in South America by indigenous people also for hunting. Please see another print by Jessie Oonark titled, ‘Hunting with Qeelaptartitt’ where the boleadoras show with different adaptation, were in this print, they show as they were also used in South America. We can see four levels of dynamic interactions: geese, hunters chasing geese, children playing and women cleaning fish. In this beautiful print I count 29 geese, some of them flying and some of them walking on land, one of them laying eggs, One man is using the Qeelaptartitt to hunt the flying geese while another man chases them on foot. Three children play climbing rock cairns while their mother with a baby in her amauti is cleaning a fish using her ulu. This is a low edition print of 23 only, catalogued and interestingly there is no signature by the artist. There is only another copy of this print documented sold in second market in 2013 where the Baker Lake chop shows in the upper left corner area of the paper. It is also noteworthy that the order of the artist and printer attribution is reversed as the artist name should show first, followed by the printer’s name.
Reference Picture # 6 for size comparison with letter size paper.