Testing Thin Ice
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Description by Artist: ‘Testing Thin Ice’ – “This man has trained his dog carefully and they are Tessiguartuq. If you can’t find a word for Tessiguartuq maybe you should ask the whites in the cities what they’re doing while they walk behind the dog in a line. I’d say keeping safe distance trying not to step on it…” – Malaya Akulukjuk.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Last copy available.
Inuit relationship and dependence on their dogs is very strong for hunting and traveling. A spear is used mainly for testing ice safety for traveling over it and in cases like this a dog is used. The hunter grabs tight onto a leash attached to the dog’s harness in case the dog does fall into thin ice. Traveling and hunting in the arctic is more precarious and dangerous for the past 15 to 20 years with the thinning of the ice due caused by warming.Note the contribution of white space brings to this print by comparing picture 1 and 2.