Mark Emerak

Canadian, 1901–1983

The Great Whirlpool (Kalaniyaaktok), 1987

stonecut on paper, Print Workshop Proof 1/3

50.8 x 64.7 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Holman Eskimo Co-operative



Print, Inuit

Mark Emerak was an Inuit elder when he began drawing in 1966. He was encouraged to draw by the missionary Father Henri Tardy, who was attempting to establish a print program in Holman at that time. Of the 900 drawings made by Emerak over the next 17 years, 41 were made into limited-edition prints. His imagery and tightly organized compositions have created a rich record of the artist’s life on the land. This unusual work is based on a story recorded by the artist. One man told another that if he took his boat out to a certain place, the water would suck him down. Skeptical, the second man paddled out to the place described and he was never seen again.

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