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Jimmy Tunnillie is a young, up and coming artist from the Cape Dorset region in Nunavut Territory. He is a young artist who prides himself on being part of a family of carvers. Jimmy describes his grandfather, Qabaroaq Tunnillie, as someone who has influenced his work. Another carver in the Tunnillie family includes Ashevak Tunnillie, Jimmy uncle.
Jimmy prefers to work primarily in soapstone, carving bears, birds, and walrus. Animals play a vital role in the everyday lives of Inuit people, and only in the recent past has the peoples’ dependence on them lessened. Based on years of observing, stalking, and butchering prey, Inuit wildlife art shows a keen awareness of the physical characteristics, habitats, and seasonal changes of animals.
Cape Dorset is probably the most famous art-producing community in Canada’s north. With so many talented sculptors, there is bound to be a wide range of styles. The Cape Dorset sculptural style is rooted in both wildlife and the spirit world, but has incorporated a love of the flamboyant, the dramatic, and the decorative.
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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