Scraper - ROM2005_5509_1



Maker: Nunatsiarmiut or Nunavimiut
Medium:Wood, stone, depilated skin
Geography: Nunavut or Quebec, Canada
Date: 1910-1914
12 x 5 x 2.4 cm
Object number: HC1827
Credit Line: Gift of Sir William Mackenzie; The Robert J. Flaherty Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture

Scrapers are used to remove hair and fat from fresh skins, subcutaneous tissue from dried skins, and for thinning and softening skins. The flat surface of the blade is placed on the skin surface and the scraper is pushed away from the worker.

In 1910, the Canadian Northern Railway commissioned Robert J. Flaherty (1884 – 1951) to search for iron ore deposits along the northeast coast of Hudson's Bay. Flaherty visited the Arctic over several years during which he collected a wide range of Inuit artifacts. He became interested in filming Inuit life and his popular 1922 silent film, Nanook of the North, garnered him acclaim as a documentary film pioneer.

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