PASHA BARON (1936-), E8-569, George River / Kangiqsualujjuaq; ANNIE WEETALUKTUK (1941-), E9-1761, Port Harrison / Inukjuak
INUJAAK (TWO DOLLS)
sealskin, hide, muskrat fur, sinew, antler; sealskin, hide, muskrat fur, sinew, antler, lime grass
7.5" x 11" x 9" — 19.1 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm.; 8" x 17" x 12" — 20.3 x 43.2 x 30.5 cm.
The tradition of an Inujaq (doll) making is rooted in the creation of a plaything but has since become a respect work of craftmanship. These artisans “tend to compose their dolls in highly structured scenes that are a miniaturization of scenes from traditional life.“ Here we see a hunched woman cutting up a fish, her left hand raised to her mouth for a taste. The woman’s larger counterpart shows two men engaged in the pulling game of strength. Both works exhibit the figures with authentic garb in small scale.
Marybelle Myers, Things Made By Inuit, Les Federation Des Cooperatives Du Nouveau Quebec, 1980, p. 59, examples illustrated p. 62ff
Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Antler
Settlement: Inukjuak, Port Harrison, Port Harrison / Inukjuak
Signature: Disc Number
Textile / Wall Hanging: Seal Skin