Eskimo Dogsled, 1825

Eskimo Dogsled, 1825
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Artist: John Crittenden


The Eskimo dog sled provided a means of travel and became a very important tool in securing the Eskimo's livelihood. Reference was supplied by the Toronto Metropolitan Central Library.

To the Eskimo of the central region, where permanent winter houses were unknown and where the whole settlement had to move at intervals to new sites, the need for a quick and dependable means of winter travel was most important. Along the Arctic coast a similar need existed because of the pack ice and the distance between the mainland and the hunting grounds of the open sea.

There were two types, one simple and another more elaborate, built-up form. They were designed to be flexible yet strong and they served the purpose admirably. The simple type consisted of runners made of rolled-up and frozen musk ox skins, or frozen fish wrapped in skins. Simple cross pieces were then attached and everything piled and tied on top for travel. The more elaborate sledges were built with platforms and were much sturdier and heavier. - John Crittenden

About This Series

This major collection includes a new release of signed and numbered limited edition Giclées on paper and canvas of paintings from the History of Transportation.

This collection was released under license as "the official portfolio of limited edition prints for Expo 86." It received the endorsement of Expo 86, the Government of British Columbia and General Motors of Canada and was presented to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales by the Honourable Claude Richmond, Minister of Tourism, on behalf of Expo 86 and the Government of B.C. It was featured in several shows across Canada including the Expo 86 site, the McLaughlin Museum In Oshawa and the National Art Centre in Ottawa among many others.

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