Dog trace and harness - ROM2005_5528_1

ROM2005_5528_1

Dog trace and harness

Maker: Nunatsiarmiut
Medium:Skin harness with skin line and ivory toggle
Geography: Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Date: early 20th century
Dimensions:
8 x 704 x 38 cm
Object number: HC2223
Credit Line: Gift of Rev. A.L. Fleming
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThis form of dog trace attaches each dog directly to the sledge and allows the dogs to spread out like a fan in front of the driver. In rough terrain each dog is able to find separate foot holds rather than following the tracks of forward dogs. A disadvantage is the dogs often cross lines creating the driver periods of frustration while untangling frozen traces and uncooperative dogs.
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