Mother with Child on her Shoulder

Artist: Axangayu (Axangayuk) Shaa (RCA)
Region: Cape Dorset
Material: Serpentine

Height: 21″

Length: 13″

Depth: 8″

Childbirth and childcare were two of the most important responsibilities for an Inuit woman. Inuit parents showed a very high level of warmth and affection to their children.

Inuit babies were typically carried in a parka until they’re two or three years old, meaning they had almost constant skin-to-skin contact with their mothers during their first years of life.
The amauti (the term for this clothing style) is worn by Inuit women. The pouch is large and comfortable for the baby.

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