Hunter with Catch

Cape Dorset
Stone, antler, sinew
H 20.3cm



Hunter with Catch is unusual in that sculptures from southern Baffin Island are not often narrative; Sii Ashoona has created a realistic portrait of a hunter returning from a successful caribou hunt. The surface detail however and dynamic composition are typical of the region. The hunter has lashed the head and haunches of the caribou to his back so that he can transport it to camp. With a determined look on his face this hunter bears the weight stoically while he pushes his body forward.

Qikiqtaaluk/ Baffin Region:
The primary art producing community in Nunavut is Kinngait (Cape Dorset). Located on the south west coast of Baffin Island, artists in Kinngaitdeveloped a distinctive style which ranged from lyrical to astonishingly intricate compositions. Blessed with quarries of beautiful veined stone ranging from white to dark green, artists could develop virtuoso carving techniques. Unlike the more narrative works from Nunavik, subject matter in this region tends to be more fantastic, featuring both traditional myths,individual flights of fantasy or abstracted form in order to achieve a more expressive work of art. Other settlements in the Baffin Region are also known for their fine sculptures; this collection includes works from Kimmirut, Iqaluit and Pangnirtung in southern Baffin Island as well as the northern hamlet of Clyde River.