Ready to Leave for the Hunt

Sarah Joe Qinuajua, Inuit / Canadian, 1917 - 1986
Canadian Inuit
Eastern Arctic



Stonecut print on paper


Overall: 13 1/8 × 20 in. (33.3 × 50.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Jane and Raphael Bernstein



Annie Amamatuak


Povungnituk Print Collection, Arctic Quebec, Puvirnituq


Place Made: Puvirnituq (Povungnituk), Nunavik, Canada, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American


Native American: Arctic-Central and Eastern

Not on view


Numbered, inscribed and dated, in graphite, lower left to right: 2/50 [Inuktitut syllabics] 1983


In this print, Sarah Joe Qinuajua depicts a group heading out for a winter hunt, leaving the village represented by an igloo in the bottom-left corner. Leading the hunting party, the woman in the top right corner—distinguishable by her amauti, a coat with a long tail and a large hood used for carrying babies—holds a long stick used to test the thickness of the ice ahead of the group’s heavy quamatiq, or sleds. Harnessed dogs pull the quamatiq, which are loaded with supplies for the hunt and a young child. One of the two men, identifiable by the straight bottoms of their coats, carries a hunting or ice knife.

From the 2021 exhibition A Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein Collection, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Katherine W. Hart, Senior Curator of Collections and Barbara C. & Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming; John R. Stomberg Ph.D, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director; Jessica Hong, Associate Curator of Global Contemporary Art; and Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University

Course History

ENVS 80, BIOL 148, Polar Science, Policy, and Ethics, Ross Virginia, Spring 2013

ENVS 15, Environmental Issues: Earth's Cold Region, Spring 2019

Arctic Health Conference Viewing, Winter 2020

NAS 30.21, Native American Art and Material, Jami Powell, Spring 2020

Sociology 61.01, Quantitative Social Science 30.17, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 33.05, Gender (In)equality, Kristin Smith, Spring 2023

Exhibition History

Inuit Art

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein Collection, Class of 1967 Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 4, 2021–February 6, 2022.

Tradition and Transformation: Twentieth Century Inuit Art from the Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Gene Y. Kin Class of 1985 Gallery, Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 22, 2014-December 6, 2015.

Publication History

Mizuho Hasegawa, Language Maintenance Among Minorities and Indigenous Peopole: Reality and Future of the Canadian Inuit, 2019, Tokyo, Japan: Akashi Shoten Co., Ltd., cover ill.

John R. Stomberg, A Legacy for Learning: The Jane and Raphael Bernstein collection; Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, Hood Museum of Art, 2021, Plate 27, p.53, listed p.100.

Published References

Povungnituk Print Collection, 1983, Levis, Quebec: La Federation des Cooeratives du Nouveau Quebec, 1983, catalogue no. 21.


The Guild Shop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; sold to Jane and Raphael Bernstein, Ridgewood, New Jersey, September 13, 1983; lent to present collection, 2011; given to present collection, 2013.

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