JOSEPHIE POOTOOGOOK (1887-1958)
JOYFULLY I SEE TEN CARIBOU
12 x 17.5 in — 30.5 x 44.5 cm
November 21, 2017
“An Inuk hunter signals the sighting of caribou to companions by raising curved arms above his head to represent antlers, and rotating his body to draw attention to the signal. This practice is still used. The title suggests the number of figures raised signalled [sic] the size of the caribou herd, but this is unlikely, given the distance between hunters.”
The Inuit Print, exh. cat., National Museum of Man (Ottawa, ON), 1977, pages 54-55, pl. 6.
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