‘Mother Earth’ by Kenojuak Ashevak, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 1961 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: With printing techniques first introduced to Inuit art in 1958, this is perhaps created in the first three years of printing in Cape Dorset and indeed by one of the first printers to be trained with James Huston, Iyola Kingwatsiak.
“Mother Earth” is about a spirit entity or a shaman made up of elements from a human, birds, and dogs, wolfs or foxes. While Kenojuak used to say that her representations usually come from her imagination, following the Inuit belief that living beings such as humans, animals and spirits, could change their appearance, mixing together their bodies. Kenojuak appears to depict here a strong female shaman or female spirit wearing amauti and helped by many birds and foxes, wolfs or dogs also transforming as the dog-like figure is with goose-like long neck, head and beak. She gives a large smile while she is bringing several mixed animals like a trophy. Shamanism belief is the communication between humans and animals in the spiritual world where animal spirits are treated with respect in the belief that animals have the agreement to offer themselves to humans as food.