Wayne Puqiqnak (1975-), Gjoa Haven / Uqsuqtuuq
HUNTER HURLING BOLA
stone, skin, antler
8.25" x 6" x 4.5" — 21 x 15.2 x 11.4 cm.
The hunter whirls the bola above the head to lob it at an animal’s legs to ensnare the prey. Here, the hunter is depicted in a dramatic, if not comical, pose: one leg firmly planted on the ground to support the raised limb to indicate a great pivoting motion. The expression of the hunter - a greatly agape mouth - suggests a great ‘yawp’ or exhalation implies that we are witnessing the moment just in advance of the release of the bola.
Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Antler, Stone
Settlement: Gjoa Haven, Gjoa Haven / Uqsuqtuuq, Uqsuqtuuq