The Colleges have received an anonymous gift of 68 Inuit sculptures and prints. The following is a representative sample
Parr, Nuna (b. 1949, Canada).
Dancing Bear, 1900-1999.
Stone, 69 cm h.
Parr was born near Cape Dorset and lived with his adoptive parents, the graphic artists Parr and Eleeshushe. His interest in hunting and his regard for the animal life of the Arctic are directly reflected in his work. His rounded forms have great movement and a natural flow with the grain of the stone. He is the most prolific and recognized Inuit artist alive today. He is well known for his dancing and walking bears and frequently injects his work with a sense of fun and exuberance for life.
The polar bear is not a harmless artistic subject. Considered by Inuit as an object of greed and a prestigious source; the bear is the animal who looks like most the Inuit people, taking place at the top of the animal hierarchy. As an Inuk, the polar bear is a predator, what implies relations of rivalry and competition: they hunt both the same game and represent a mutual threat. A marine and ground mammal at the same time, the bear is cunning, powerful and comfortable in the water as on ground. We say that humans imitate the polar bear’s way of hunting. It is not rare to find bears near villages while they look for food and their strength inspires fear and respect.
Things made by Inuit.
Québec: Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, c1980.
“Nuna Parr: A Hunter’s Perspective.” Cartwright, Jennifer. Inuit Art Quarterly, Fall 2002, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p20-22, 3p
“Inuit Art: Markers of Cultural Resilience.” Igloliorte, Heather. Inuit Art Quarterly, Spring/Summer 2010, Vol. 25 Issue 1/2, p4-11, 8p