This is a weather sculpture: the shaman, with his bird spirit helper, is brewing up a storm, which he will soon start blowing. Carved from Brazilian soapstone with inlaid eyes. The two different eyes represent the human and owl aspects of the shamanic transformation.
14″ L x 6 3/4″W x 6 1/4″H (including bird)
Jamesie Pitseolak of Cape Dorset carves everyday objects from stone. This screwdriver with a screw in its handle, titled “Screws Loose”, shows not only his carving skill, but also his sense of humor.
13 1/2″ x 1″ x 1 1/8″ h
This is a stunning sculpture by Alec Lawson Tuckatuck, a young Inuit artist from Kujjuaraapik. Tuckatuck, who is descended from a line of fine artists, is depicting a defining moment, when a hunter has harpooned a beluga whale. The hunter is holding on for dear life as the whale attempts its escape. The “Will” refers to the Inuit people’s determination and persistence to survive in a harsh and dangerous environment. They will do whatever is necessary to survive, often placing themselves in perilous situations to feed themselves and their families.
Carved from alabaster and soapstone.
17″ high x 10″ wide x 4 3/4″ deep.
Joanasie Manning Fisherman
This sculpture, carved from dark serpentine, has real presence, thanks to its massive form and angled posture. The form and posture are very traditional Inuit styles, as is the theme of fishing.
Joanasie Manning is a Cape Dorset artist who is best known for his carvings of owls and owl families. This traditional carving of a figure demonstrates the artist’s versatility and skill in carving other forms.
11″H x 11″W x 8″D