Spring Duck Hunting
‘Spring Duck Hunting’ by Tim Pitsiulak – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2013 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: 4 vertical bottom to top creases bottom edge 3 to 5″ long. Visible verso with side light; 1 – 8″ crease top right corner area top edge diagonal to right edge. Price reflects condition.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: 99 migrating eider ducks fly towards 5 well prepared and ready duck hunters hiding strategically behind a hill surprising the unsuspecting ducks with gun fire. Some birds are hit and begin their fall towards the water below, other ducks turn around and begin flying in the opposite direction trying to avoid the fire, while the larger number of ducks continue flying towards the hunters. Two ducks manage to cross the firing line. Beautiful composition of water, ice floe, mountains, and a cliff.
The eider duck, is known in the Arctic as kingaliks (male) and mitiinnaq (female). These birds are both nutritionally and culturally rich as an important component of a northern diet and celebration events. Each spring the birds migrate following open water leads and pass directly by the shores of the community. This migration route is normally predictable and brings them near enough to the edge of the ice where they become more easily accessible to hunters. This can be a bountiful season for many hunters, some harvesting as many as 100 ducks to last the year.
Reference picture # 2, 3 and 4 for size comparison with brave assistant.