Inuit legends and mythology are full of parables emphasizing the importance of imagination and resourcefulness in the face of adversity. Ningeokuluk Teevee’s “The Brothers” is a story about three brothers who had been hunting for too long without success. Eventually they put up their tent for the night but they couldn’t ignore their hunger; they had to keep looking for food. Before leaving the tent, each brother sang out a wish. The first brother wished that he would leave the tent as a wolf; the second brother wished to become a fox and the third brother wished to leave as a raven. With each wish granted, the raven flew off and spotted a caribou and returned to tell his brothers. They worked together to catch the caribou and their hunger was sated.
From the foreword by Leslie Boyd Ryan, Cape Dorset Print Collection, 2008
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“A couple of years ago I made Shaman Revealed, a drawing that was based on the Kiviuq legend of a woman turning into a fox. I wanted to show how people could change from one thing to another but still be the same person. A zipper came to mind and I thought, that’s a really nice idea, so I used the zipper to show how they change.”
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