WAG Dance Me to the End of Love "Untitled (Drum Dancer)"

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Drawing of an Inuk dancer with a qilaut drum

Germaine Arnaktauyok, Canadian, b. 1946
Untitled (Drum Dancer)
c.1972
Pen and ink on paper
38.5 x 29 cm
Gift of Eileen Senior and James and Mary Moorhead, Woodstock Art Gallery Permanent Collection
2016.012.001

The qilaut is a frame drum used by the Inuit. The circular frame is covered in animal hide — usually caribou — and is struck with a qatuk on the edge of the rim. The drum is traditionally used in drum dancing. Germaine Arnaktauyok, who was born in what is now Nunavut, uses her expressive work to illustrate Inuit history and stories. 

 

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