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Item Name: Print
Title: Inuit fishing through ice, Cape Dorset, Baffin Island
Maker: Niviaksiak
Year: 1959
Country: Canadian
Materials: skin stencil on paper
Measurements: work: 46 cm x 37.8 cm
ID Number: PC2017.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This work was donated by Marjorie Dunlop to the RPL in 1997. It depicts a common theme in Niviaksiak’s work - the life of the Inuit people and the critical and integral relationship between the people and the land. Niviaksiak fished on the Polar ice with his community and often saw highly revered polar bears, another subject commonly depicted in his work. Niviaksiak (1908 – 1959) was a renowned sculptor, and one of the first Inuit artists to embrace print media. Despite his short career in the early and experimental period of the Cape Dorset co-operative, he made some extraordinary works. His earliest experiments used sealskin stencils (later replaced by stencil paper) and stone cuts. Cape Dorset prints are still released in annual catalogued collections, and remain among the most sought after by collectors.