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Ottokie Samayualie was born on June 17, 1980 in Cape Dorset, Baffin Island.
The Cape Dorset community boasts more famous artists per capita than any other region in Nunavut. Ottokie is the son of the talented local artists Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee. It is not surprising that Ottokie has followed the same artistic path, as Nunavut artistic talent is passed on through the family rather than taught in an art academy.
Ottokie takes great care in choosing the stone for his sculptures. His carvings are made of the finest serpentine of varying green shades, and then smoothed and polished to best exhibit the luster of the stone. Serpentine, also known as Soapstone, is a rock with composition similar to Jade that is found on Baffin Island. It is a very hard stone, so it requires more artistic virtuosity to carve than the softer soapstone found in other regions of the world.
The Cape Dorset sculptural style is a combination of observational naturalism and reduction to stylistic and sometimes abstract forms. This style is always present in Ottokie's carvings.
Coiled lime grass, Thread (coloured), Serpentine stone
The process of basket-making is long and arduous as it can take up to a month to weave a large basket. Baskets are made from repeatedly coiling the grass from the bottom of the basket and building the basket up. Designs are created by stitching thread onto the basket, however some designs are actually woven in. This thread can be made from a number of materials, such as de-haired sealskin, leather, and yarn.