Other Native American and Inuit art

Carvings and Sculpture

#O-1 & #O-2. Pair of action powwow dancers, carved wood, fur, deerskin, feathers, paint. Signed, C. V. Hill, '97, 13 in. tall. These are a fine example of contemporary Navajo folk art, with their dramatic full-feather bustles, feather wands in each hand, and poised in a dance step, with one foot raised. $80 each, both for $150. SOLD


#O-3. Eagle katsina., by Priscilla Ration, Navajo, 19" high x 26" wingspan. A similar one may be ordered at $475.


#O-4 & #O-5. Navajo teddy bears, 18" tall. Each is handmade and signed by the maker, a member of a Navajo cooperative in New Mexico, and no two are alike. These bears are by Rachael Curley.You may specify a color range preference, such as mostly red (as on left) or mostly grey and black (as on right). Other color choices are also available. $95 each. The one on the left has been SOLD, but a similar one may be ordered.

Inuit Art

Group of Inuit carvings, shown below.

#I-1. Seal, 4-1/2" long x 1-1/2" wide x 2" high, signed in syllabics. $120.

#I-3. Bird, 3-1/4" long x 3-3/4" high, signed in syllabics and "EN." $110. SOLD.

#I-4. Bird with turned head, ca. 1960s, 5" long x 3" high, signed in syllabics. $220.

#I-5. Flying bird, ca. 1960s, 6-1/4" long x 5-1/2" wide, signed in syllabics. $320.

#I-6. Walrus (tusks missing),
14-1/4" long x 6" high, signed in syllabics. $485.

#I-7. Man in kayak (fittings missing). Man carved separately to lift out of kayak seat, 12" long x 5" high x 4" wide, signed in syllabics. SOLD.

#I-8. Wooden carved & painted kayak model with man and complete gear, including representations of 2 seal floats, 15-1/2" long, minor damage to harpoon & small repair on one side of paddle. $475. SOLD.

#I-9, #I-10, #I-11, #I-12. Group of four stone birds, ca. 1960s.

#I-13. Humpback whale, contemporary, Canadian Inuit, stone, 12-1/2" long x 7" wide. I call this "broken whale," because one of its tail flukes was broken in shipping, en route to me. You can see the repair in the picture to the right, on the rear fluke in the foreground. This carving would be about $450-$500 if it had not been damaged. I offer it at $200. It seems to symbolize the fragility of this marvelous species at the mercy of the human race. SOLD

#I-14. This artifact has a special poignancy for me. I bought it at an auction as part of a lot of Inuit carvings, not knowing what it was. A gentleman sitting next to me told me it was a Russian whale blubber scraper. He pointed out the Russian letter carved into its handle, and the exceptional smoothness of the stone, coated and worn by years of contact with whales. I am showing it here as an artifact of destruction, for it was largely the combined massive force and scale of the American, Russian, Norwegian, and Japanese whaling trade, and the use of mechanized hunting methods in the 19th and 20th centuries, which has resulted in the near-extinction of most whale species. The Inuit and Aleut peoples who hunted whales for subsistence and survival never carried on a hunt of the scope that endangered species. This slaughter is still going on today, to supply whale meat for markets in Japan and other parts of Asia. Norway is also participating in the hunting of whales, which has no connection today whatsoever with the subsistence or survival of people in these countries.

You may learn more about the condition of oceanic life and efforts to protect it at Earthtrust.

Go to WHALING and other sea mammals page.

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