ESKIMO PRINTS Author:JAMES HOUSTON Each print is followed by the specifics (artist's name, title of print, printing method, size, and date). Then there is a paragraph or two describing the artist and explaining the print. Most prints show eskimo life, native animals, and the spirits (all of whom are bad and must be placated by taboos). Most of the prints come from before 1964 ... more »and show a life already disapearing.
Example - - Pudlo, TALEELAYO. Stone cut, 12 x 16, 1963. - - Taleelayo is a sea spirit, a woman, who laughs and waves her arms, challenging the kayak men to cast their harpoons at her, for she is expert at dodging. Here her ribs, spine, and scales are clearly seen, illustrating an ancient Eskimo propensity for X ray vision, a way of drawing things both inside and out.
Pitseolak, WOMAN WITH A DOLL. Stone cut, 12 1/2 x 7, 1964 - - This woman wears the traditional costume of the Kingnaimuit. The long-tailed, hooded parka covers short pants and separate leg pieces tied to her waistband. The waistband is cut high to give her freedom when running along side the dog sled. The long tail and apron are designed for warmth. The cut and pattern of her costume is so regional that it not only marks her as a Kingnaimuit,....but indicates her family. Much of her reputation as a wife is based on her ability to shape and finely stitch with sinew the knee-high skin boots she wears. She stands on a caribou, the material from which her clothing is made, and she holds a doll's head amulet in her hand.« less