Saputiit (Handmade Fish Weir)
“Saputiit (Handmade Fish Weir)” by Simeonie Teevee – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 2017 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
This product is now *** SOLD ***
Condition: No condition to be noted.
Description by Artist:
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Inuit often fished by using stone weirs at the mouths of Nunavut’s rivers. Weirs were constructed by piling stones in a crescent shape from the shore out into the flow of the river, and gradually building the stone wall up until it could trap fish. People sometimes walled in the opposite edge of the crescent to keep the fish from escaping, or simply waded in, trapping the fish in the weir and spearing or hooking them with hooks on long handles.
Often a narrow channel was left open in the edge of the weir, floored with stones until only a shallow stream of water flowed over the stones. A watcher on shore could easily see fins and tails as fish began to use the passage. This watcher alerted all others, ran out to close off the channel with stones, and the fishing began.