PITSEOLAK ASHOONA, O.C., R.C.A. (1904-1983)
Pitseolak gave free rein to her sense of whimsy in creating this delightful image. There are more than caribou and birds in this totemic composition; the bottom two figures resemble spirit creatures more than they do “regular” animals. The print may derive from an early drawing by Pitseolak (c. 1960) and thus could be classified as “naïve,” but it does already point to the artist’s innate sense of design and composition that were so fundamental to her art. Funnily enough Caribou and Birds does put us in mind of the Brementown Musicians!
Reference: this image by Pitseolak is illustrated in the National Museum of Man travelling exhibition catalogue The Inuit Print (NMM, 1977) p. 81.