This Woman Shot 2 Seals
‘This Woman Shot 2 Seals’ by Itee Pootoogook – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2011 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Here we see a quiet and trivial and apparently uneventful pose in the aftermath of shooting 2 seals. The lady that shot them seems like a pleased tourist and so do her companions that could most likely be her spouse and their hunting guide. There is clear blood stain on the snow where the seals where shot dead. This is a contemporary representation of an old age activity that meant survival for families and villages and that would move camps for the season in the search and hunt of seals. I get the impression this might be tourism hunting and I am curious what will be done with the seals. Will they be brought and shared with the village as it is the custom, in which case all the hunter gets is the memory and a photo or will she get to keep the skin and perhaps other valuable parts? I would figure the seals will be shared with the village. Seems like a good ending for this story.