‘Top Spot’ by Ningeokuluk Teevee — 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: Walruses spend one third of their time on land or pack ice and the other two thirds in the ocean. They appear awkward on land but graceful in the water where they feel most comfortable. Their tusks are found on both the male and the female where they grow continually throughout their life. The tusks are used as a symbol of age, sex, and social status. The babies have no tusks when they are born. The tusks of the males are much longer and wider in proportion to their body than those of the female. The males use their tusks as a symbol of their masculinity – turning their heads and thrusting their tusks up in a show to prove their dominance. Tusks are also used as weapons in fighting, to help in walking on land and they have a minor role in feeding.
Social dominance is well established in herds and subgroups. Dominance in herds is established by tusk length, body size, and aggressiveness. The largest walruses with the longest tusks are the most aggressive and generate threat displays most often. Smaller walruses, and those with smaller or broken tusks, have a lower social ranking.