DOLPHUS CADIEUX (1954-), YELLOWKNIFE; DAVID RUBEN PIQTOUKUN (1950-)
Accompanied by a leaflet with biographies on David Ruben Piqtoukun and Dolphus Cadiuex as well as an explanatory text for the image. The latter explains,
“‘The central image represents a drum. Within the drum, dark silhouettes of people are watching the midnight sun as it sets over the spring thaw of a large river. Another sun emerges to bring life to the sparse vegetation in the north country.
The white backdrop represents four things: winter ‘white-outs’, arctic coldness, northern purity and awesomeness. In the upper left and right corners are caribou tracks - the basic staple of all northern peoples. [...] The blue hands with red tips are those of the hunter [...] The holes symbolize the fact that many animals pass through the hunter’s eye: hunters take only what they require...
The red triangles at the top and bottom borders represent the people’s dwelling from the old days [...] The yellow sparks resemble ‘sparks of light’ [...] the over-all black represents ‘the passing of life’ on the harsh land.
On the left and right boarders, the central blue strokes represent the arms of a river. [...] The orange, silver and red represent the constant movement of people within the environment.’”
David Ruben Piqtoukun and Dolphus Cadieux, as quoted in Our Northern Vision Unfolds, Toa Chen’s Art Gallery, Yellowknife, NWT, 1988