Male doll - ROM2005_5529_1


Male doll

Maker: Nunatsiarmiut
Medium:Caribou fur
Geography: Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Date: c. 1914
42 x 18 x 8 cm
Object number: HC2273
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

Male doll dressed in winter caribou-skin clothing but without the outer parka.

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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