The Caribou Hunt
“The Caribou Hunt” by Luke Anguhadluq – Inuit Art from Baker Lake 1976 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: “The Caribou Hunt” – is an epic print that shows 26 caribous swimming across the river in their migration path while two kayak hunters close in for a kill. It is a very good hunting day and they will bring plenty of catch back to their tent. It would not be uncommon caribou would change migration paths and entire villages would die of famine because of that. Skin, meat, bones, antlers, all is used from these animals making Caribou along with seal, Inuit favourite catch.
As usual with Luke’s designs, viewers are invited into a time and space plane and easily sense the flow of movement and intentions: kayakers chasing the almost vulnerable caribou in the water while the herd of caribou makes its way to the other side of the river to continue their travel. However, never forget that kayaks are very fragile and only takes one caribou ramming a kayak to sink it.