Printmaker: KANANGINAK POOTOOGOOK, R.C.A. (1935-2010) m., KINNGAIT (CAPE DORSET)
Eskimo Family Caching Fish, 1960 (1961 #4)
stencil, 10.75 x 35 in (27.3 x 88.9 cm).
Estimate: $3,000 — $5,000
Private Collection, Australia.
Kiakshuk frequently depicted man-made stone structures such as inuksuit, pens, tent rings, and caches, and these often bring a sense of physical space and a surrounding context to his images of people, but it was rare for him to show elements of more natural landscape. In this fascinating scene, a family lines up to safely store its bountiful catch of fish in a stone cache, while to the right and apparently in the distance, a lake teems with still more fish. The elderly Kiakshuk must have had truly fond memories of this season of plenty.