It is hard to believe that this very rare print was an early experimental print from Povungnituk. The design is streamlined, and the transformation is treated so subtly that it is easy to miss many of the details. One sees the wolf in the parka immediately, but on closer inspection one sees that this is a left-right trransformation. The right forepaw and right hind leg are still vulpine, but the left limbs are human. The creature holds a fishing jig in its left forepaw. The sophistication of the image is breathtaking, especially when one remembers that this print was made in 1961, the first year that Povungnituk released editioned prints.
Isah Koperqualuk | Legend, 23/25 | 1961 | Alaska on Madison
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