About this object


Said to have been made at the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton.
In 1946, The Charles Camsell tuberculosis hospital opened in Edmonton, run by the Department of Indian and Eskimo Affairs. Between 1945 and 1967, the hospital operated an occupational therapy program for aboriginal patients. In 1990, the hospital donated a collection of over 400 arts and crafts items made by patients in the program to the Royal Alberta Museum.

Physical description

Sculpture made from single piece of soapstone. A man is shown in a parka, with the hood up covering his head, standing in a wide stance, his arms raised to shoulder height, clutching in both hands a sinew rope. A seal lays upside down in front of him, attached to the other end of the rope. A cleaver made of wood lies beside the man's right foot.