Canadian Eskimo Art by W.T. Larmour PDF

By W.T. Larmour

Creative expression in Canada has taken many and sundry kinds as a result of the different parts from which our country has been shaped. The early French settlers, the British who them and the newer Canadians who've come from many components of Europe and the realm have all made their crucial contribution to the cultural lifetime of Canada. Few kinds of creative endeavour, even if, have attracted wider public curiosity and exuberance, either the following and in a foreign country, than the paintings of our Indian and Eskimo peoples. This ebook bargains solely with the striking carvings of the Eskimos, a small yet very important crew within the Canadian inhabitants.

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HUDSON BAY CARIBOU SPIRIT BY TUDUK. CAPE DORSET, BAFFIN ISLAND Page thirtytwo Just before the hunt at Povungnituk, Kopeekolik carved a superb walrus in stone. a tribute to the walrus, which might bring good fortune. He kept it hidden away, to be treasured quietly. He called himself a useless and clumsy carver, and only with reluctance would he produce his art. When he was asked to carve another, Kopeekolik was perplexed. " He had proven himself a likeness of a walrus! carver of walrus, and that was enough.

The art of the Eskimo is personal, created for the artist's satisfaction, not just for commercial ends. So it must The Canadian Government remain. and the Canadian Handicrafts Guild wish above all that this art should continue to flourish as a strong, fresh, unspoiled impression of these vigorous They people of the Canadian north. means provide the however, to hope, for the Eskimo to share his artistry with the world he never sees. " 'CARIBOU'' INCISED Page thirtyeight DRAWING ON IVORY WOMAN AND CHILD BY MUNAMEE, NUVOODJUAK, BAFFIN ISLAND Page thirtynine ESKIMO SONGS As Translated by Tegoodligak, South Baffin Island Ail All ' thin\ over again my small adventures When with the wind I drifted in my }{aya\ And thought I was in danger I My fears Those small ones that seemed so hig For all the vital things I had to get and to reach And yet there is only one great thing The only To The Great Set great day that the light that fills sea has set me in motion adrift And I move as a weed The Arch of s\y in the river And mistiness of storms Encompasses me And am I left Trembling with joy.

But when the idea of carving a caribou was suggested to him, he immediately became excited. He had yet to prove himself a carver It was Why of caribou. And he went to find some stone. WALRUS (STEATITE) BY KOPEEKOLIK, POVUNGNITUK, EAST COAST HUDSON BAY Page thirty^three DRUM DANCERS (STONE) BY AKEEAKTASHUK, CRAIG HARBOUR, ELLESMERE ISLAND — these are the forms Carving, the decoration of skins, drawing on horns and antlers Singing, dancing and the knows. best world of Canadian Eskimo art which the outside they are lesser culture, but part of the poetry of the Eskimo legend or song are equally a with difficulty, to an alien only translated known for they cannot be translated, or can be land and an alien tongue.

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