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Serpentine, Caribou Antler
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Serpentine, Caribou Antler
|Dimensions||10.25 x 7 x 4" (26.04 x 17.78 x 10.16cm)|
Pitsiulak Qimirpik was born January 17, 1967 in Iqaluit and currently resides in Kimmirut. His adoptive parents, Nuyaliaq and Annie Qimirpik are carvers from Lake Harbour, and his step-brother, Michael Nakashoo, is a carver as well. Pitsiulak enjoys working mainly in soapstone sculpture, and since 1984, he has been exhibiting his work throughout the United States and Canada. Pitsiulak draws his inspiration from Acrtic wildlife as well as the human form.
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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.