Rowing His Boat
‘Rowing His Boat’ by Itee Pootoogook – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2013 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Description by Artist: Rowing His Boat – Bring his freshly killed seal.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This drawing brings a sense of peace, tranquility, almost romantic even though we know this is after a battle has just ensued previously. A battle for life. Seals are hunted for subsistence still these days and it is a common and necessary hunt. Perhaps this kill was not as dramatic as in the old days using kayak and harpoon. Perhaps this hunt was done with a rifle from a distance, row close to the killed seal and haul it into the boat before heading back home. There, at home, a family gathering for the feast, the seal is placed in the middle of the floor and cut open for sharing its delicious parts. This all, is an activity that is old in age, but represented with current contemporary tools and means.