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Thomasen
Greenlander (active ) Primary



Hunter with Spear

1970s
Carved whale tooth

4 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in. (10.16 cm x 6.35 cm x 3.81 cm)
Gift of Frederica de Laguna, Class of 1927, Professor of Anthropology

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2006.4.16
Geography: North and Central America, Greenland, Upernavik
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Merging traditional culture and modern commerce, the sculpture of the hunter represents important traditional means of livelihood, and environment for native Arctic peoples, while their creation and collection in the 1970s was influenced by the growing interest in Arctic artifacts. These artifacts stem from a long tradition of making highly faithful models which were used as toys to teach necessary skills and customary lifeways to children.

Frederica de Laguna, founder of the Bryn Mawr anthropology department and a noted Arctic anthropologist, donated these and over 400 other artifacts to the College’s ethnographic and anthropological teaching collection.

This figure was featured in the 2010-2011 'Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College' exhibition.

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  • carvings - Refers to works executed by cutting a figure or design out of a solid material such as stone or wood. It typically refers to works that are relatively small in size, are part of a larger work, or are not considered art. For large and medium-sized three-dimensional works of art, use the broader term "sculpture" or another appropriate term.
  • hunting - The action or practice of chasing game or other wild animals, for sustenance, profit, or sport.
  • Native American - Typically reserved to refer narrowly to the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. For the indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations." For the broader concept of the cultures of any native peoples of Central America, South America, North America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species, use "Amerindian (culture)."
  • tooth - Material made from hard, bone-like structures grown in the mouth of vertebrates; distinguishable from other bone by its structure. Animal teeth, such as from hippopotami, whales, lions, dogs, boars, bears, and humans have been used to make jewelry, gaming pieces, buttons, and and other items.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • Frederica de Laguna: Teaching by Example Bryn Mawr College , 10/1/2006 - 3/1/2007
  • Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , 9/24/2010 - 5/28/2011

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  • Marianne Hansen and Emily Croll. Worlds to Discover. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
    Page Number: 33

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