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Woman with a Child on Her Back

1958
9 x 4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm)

Panniark Siusangnark
Native Canadian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Green stone
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harmar Brereton
Accession Number: 1983.87
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Location: Not currently on view

"Art from the Arctic: Inuit Prints and Sculpture" (11/20/09-2/14/10) exhibition label text:

The parka, a critical piece of clothing in the Arctic, was often made of seal skin or caribou. Women’s parkas were made slightly larger than men’s with a pouch on the back so that the mother could carry a baby on her back under her parka. The hoods were also larger so that air could move around the baby and broader shoulders allowed the child to be shifted to the front for breastfeeding without exposing it to the cold.

Curated by Cynthia Culbert

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