Female doll - ROM2005_5565_1


Female doll

Maker: Nunatsiarmiut
Medium:Furred caribou skin, depilated skin
Geography: Southern Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
Date: c. 1914
38 x 20 x 9 cm
Object number: HC2275A
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

Female doll dressed in winter caribou-skin clothing.

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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