( SOLD ) Inuit Seal Hunter Carvings
Vintage hand carved ' Fur Seal Hunter ' 3 piece Inuit Walrus Tusk Carving
NOS Beautiful, original 4 1/2' inches High by 1 1/2' inch wide Walrus Tusk carving in the depiction of ' Seal Hunter'' in the style of the Inuit peoples of N.W.T Northern Canada .
This beautiful carving was brought from Yellowknife NWT in the early 1950's and the carving dates to sometime in the 1940's or earlier and also includes a Walrus Tusk 3' long seal and a Walrus tusk 1' high three legged stool.
The Inuit People
Inuit who make their homes across the vastness of Canada's Arctic belong to a much larger family that extends from the Bering Sea through Alaska and northern Canada to Greenland. These imaginative, hardy and resourceful peoples are linked not only linguistically, but by a distinctly similar culture and way of life, as seen through Inuit art, song, dance, myth and legend. Their songs and story forms of myths and legends, linguistically as well as stylistically, relate most closely to Siberian — and possibly Finno-Ugric and early Hungarian (Magyar) traditions. Thus, language and legend may give clues to ancient routes of migration.
Ancient Inuit oral traditions were employed as the most important method of conveying and preserving ideas, augmented sometimes by small carvings that may have served as illustrations for events. Songs and dances also enhanced the meanings of myths and legends, which upheld the existing system, bolstered the traditional customs of Inuit society, and verbalized a sense of right and wrong. These early tales were intrinsically linked to Inuit shamanism.