Artist: Arnaktauyok, Germaine Community: Yellowknife Size:17.25 x 22.5 inches (w x h), paper size Description: copper plate etching and colored pencil Price: $430(CDN)
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Print No. 2001 GAKK; limited edition print number 7 of 50;
Image: 11.75 x 17.75 inches; Paper: 17.25 x 22.5 inches.
The kakivak, or Inuit fish spear, is an ingenious device for catching fish. Older versions were made from antler, bone or ivory and more modern types have been made with steel but the design has remained the same for centuries. The long handle of the older design was made from many pieces of bone or antler, which were lashed together. Newer versions have handles made of wood as it became available.
Kakivait, or Inuit fish spears, were used at small pools, streams or rivers to catch the migrating fish - Arctic Char- when they returned to the rivers to spawn.
Photo of Germaine by Ernest Mayer used with permission of Germaine Arnaktauyok and Darlene Wright for the Winnipeg Art Gallery.