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Lucassie Mikkigak was born in Cape Dorset on August 19th, 1981. He is the son of artists Ohotaq and Quanaq Mikkigak.
Ohotaq Mikkigak (1936-2014) was best known for his drawings, which were inspired by the environment that surrounded him. While these drawing often featured people or animals, his favorite subject to draw was the Arctic landscape. He began drawing in the early years of the print program in Cape Dorset, and his print, Eskimo Fox Trapper, was released in 1961.
Quanaq Mikkigak (1932) is primarily known for her carvings, but she has also created many beautiful drawings. She began carving as a young girl, after the death of her father. Her and her husband were both employed in wage work for most of their lives, so her carvings were always done out of personal enjoyment rather than necessity. Many believe that her love of carving adds a level of charm to each piece she creates.
As goddess of the ocean, Sedna sets strict rules about the proper way to treat the animals of the hunt, which the Inuit require for sustenance. This includes proper treatment of the animals’ spirit when killed for food. If she feels the rules have been broken, she cuts off the supply of food. When this happens, the Inuit tribal shaman is required to take a mystical journey to the bottom of the ocean to speak to the goddess. It is considered the most dangerous journey an Inuit shaman is called upon to make.
Upon arrival at the bottom of the sea the shaman is required to comb Sedna’s hair, because Sedna has no fingers to comb it herself, and to find out what the tribe has done wrong that the food has been cut off. The shaman then makes a deal with Sedna, promising that if the tribe corrects whatever transgressions it has made, the goddess will return their food supply. The shaman then returns to the tribe with the list of things the goddess requires to be done to get the food back.
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