Artworks and Artists
Winds of Change

Winds of Change,
c. 1983-1984
Pudlat, Pudlo
coloured pencil and black felt pen on wove paper
57 x 76.5 cm


The playful composition entitled Winds of Change can be seen as a summing up of the philosophy, life, and work of Pudlo. The traditional Inuit way of life is suggested by the figures straddling a musk-ox, accompanied by a dog - an allegory of the ancient means of transportation by qamutiik. In contrast, the plane signifies the impact of new technology on life in the Arctic. Not only was it much easier to bring in supplies and perform rescue missions by air, the airplane also brought far-flung and isolated communities closer together.