Hunting with Qeelaptartitt
‘Hunting with Qeelaptartitt’ by Jessie Oonark, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1975 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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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. This is possible such weapon could be adopted far north by then. A mayor difference is that boleadoras, each rock is attached by individual strings where Jessie presents them all three rocks attached sequentially to a single string. This seems logical adaptation as the boleadoras are mainly used to catch the feet of cattle to bring them down. The adaptation depicted in this design could that the intention be the rocks gyrating in circular manner to hit the flying geese as the intention would be not to catch them in midair, but to bring them down from the air so maintaining the device gyrating with force would have maximum yield by hitting as many geese as possible in one throw. Interesting.
Reference Picture # 5 for size comparison with letter size paper