“Two Ptarmigans” by Ningeokuluk Teevee – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2012 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition to be noted.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Two beautiful and well-fed rock ptarmigans in winter feathers in a green and blue landscape. It is interesting to see though that the landscape in green may not reflect winter season when it is when feathers of rock ptarmigans turn white for camouflage.
Story of the Baby that Became Ptarmigan:
Once there was a woman who had a little baby that was old enough to sit up. They were living in a huge tent. While everyone was outside doing work, the lady also went out leaving the baby to stay in the tent alone. She rushed because she was worried about the baby. After a very short time she came in again. The baby was still playing sitting up. The baby was not paying any attention to anything and did not look towards the entrance. The mother suddenly felt a deep love for her child and without thinking scared him as she came in. The baby took flight from being frightened. It flew around inside the tent trying to escape from his mother. As soon as the mother found out what had happened, she stretched out her arms trying to catch her baby and calling him, “Here, here are your breasts”. Even though she tried ever so hard to get her baby to feed from her breasts, the baby tried to escape through the entrance. The baby finally escaped because it became a ptarmigan. The woman lost her baby.