Decorated bear skull - ROM2018_16365_35


Decorated bear skull

Maker: Cree
Medium:Bear skull, paint
Geography: Waskaganish (Rupert House), James Bay, Quebec, Canada
Date: c. 1964
30.5 cm
Object number: 964.140.28
On view
Gallery Location:Daphne Cockwell Gallery dedicated to First Peoples art & culture
DescriptionThe hunting and killing of bears was a complex process of following rites and rules. These included talking to the bear after it was killed, taking the complete body back to camp before it was butchered, and proper treatment in camp. Bear skulls were decorated and placed in trees facing east to the rising sun – an act of respect for the bear’s spirit.
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