Carving: keeping animals in mind (world gallery - gallery text)

Carving: keeping animals in mind

Elders tell young men to keep the thought of animals always in their minds. Hunters should always think about animals, whatever they are doing.

These carvings are tokens of the relationship between the hunter and the animal spirits he depends on. They are not meant to be kept or displayed as ornaments. They are proof that the hunter has kept animals respectfully in his thoughts.

The hunter must never force his will upon animals. In the same way, the carver allows the form of the animal to be revealed without imposing a design.

09 Carved tusks
Siberia, Inuit

10 Bow drill

11 Gambling counters
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, Inuit

12 Gambling counters\\ Alaska, Inuit

13 Carved handle\\ Canada, Inuit

14 Ivory toggles
Alaska, Inuit

15 Carved animal figure\\ Alaska, Inuit

16 Ivory smoking pipe
Point Barrow, Alaska

17 Ivory sinker\\ Alaska, Inuit

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