The Whaler of Simon’s Memory
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Simon Shaimaiyuk’s The Whaler of Simon’s Memory, provides a record of important period of cross-cultural contact when whales were hunted in the Cumberland Sound. Whale products were highly prized in Europe, and from the late 18th century until the 1930’s, trading ships came to the sound regularly in search of whales. This hunting expedition is in the search or on their way to find whales. European and American whalers were active in Hudson Bay and Baffin Bay throughout the 19th century, and to a lesser extent into the 20th. In a personal communication to Barbara Lipton, Shaimaiyuk recalled that the vessel shown here was a Scottish owned ship whaling at Blacklead Island, off the coast of Cumberland Sound (Barbara Lipton, Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit, CAP, 1984, p. 40).