The Price She Pays
‘The Price She Pays’ by Ningeokuluk Teevee — Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2023 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: A woman adopted a larva as a son and nursed it in her armpits, so it grew on her blood and sucking on the breasts of the adoptive mother. She treated it as son, took it on her lap and sang nursery rhymes for it, “Little one that will bring me snow when you grow up, Little one that will find meat for me When you grow up!” As the larva grew, the woman became pale, and people became afraid of it. One day, when she was out they threw it out into the passage of the house and it was torn apart by dogs. The worm was filled with blood. When the woman returned, she cried “Oh, they have thrown my dear child out of the house.” And she burst into tears and went into the house weeping.
Worms and caterpillars can be adopted, but they can only live as parasites on the living human body. They are insatiable beings fed on blood and milk and ultimately killed by the men of the camp.
The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.