Preparing for Flight
‘Preparing for Flight’ by Qavavau Manumie / Kavavaow Mannomee – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2019 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Condition: Some minor stains visible throughout the paper caused by the artist while drawing. Also, paper handling marks throughout that are mostly visible when seen at angle to light. This is common in original drawings as Inuit artists would commonly draw at home.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Beautiful drawing by Qavavau Manumie with shaman making sure all is in order with his flying assistant in preparation for take-off.
As a metaphor for a spiritual journey or mystic enlightenment, flight, or the suggestion of flight, appears in Inuit art with great frequency. The presence of spirits of the air or ‘winged spirits’ is significant in Inuit shamanism. In the traditional nomadic, hunting lifestyle, the shaman is the principal healer and visionary. A key to survival, the shaman is the intermediary between the Inuit people and the greater forces. The spirit helper or spirit animal and shaman have the ability to transform, and often appear to fly or to have wings. Capable of flight, supernatural beings enjoy limitless freedom in the Inuit spirit realm.
Reference picture # 5 for size comparison with letter size paper sheet.