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Axangayuk was born March 17, 1937, in Satuqitun. Grandson of carver, Kiakshuk, and the only child of artists Paunichea and Munamee Davidee, Axangayuk began carving at the age of fifteen. Axangayuk is the prestigious patriarch of his sons Alariaq and Padlalik Shaa, who are also well-known sculptors. Axangayuk Shaa is a master carver whose work is featured in every major Inuit art collection. His work has been exhibited extensively since 1961, with solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Germany. In 2003, his artistic achievement was honoured with an election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. One of the hallmarks of his masterworks is his ability to capture the weight and power of a walrus as well as its softness in motion. As a masterworks sculptor, Axangayuk Shaa is renowned for his large drummers, caribou, bear and walrus carvings as well as for his ‘transformation’ pieces. He has had a strong influence on the works of his sons who have assimilated and transformed his ideas into their own distinctive work.
Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Abalone shell, Acrylic paint, Leather
The carving of flutes of the Northwest Coast extends back historically through time. The dramatic importance of the flute was indicated by the variety of specialized whistles, each of which was produced to make specific tones. Songs and dances were part fo all ceremony and ritual, a fundamental element of the inherited privilege. Equally important were the many whistles and other musical instruments that were specifically designated for most dances. Wooden whistles of one, two or three shafts, each with several holes and reeds produced a strong and clear note. Flutes and whistles were traditionally blown in the woods to introduce the cermonial season. Every instrument was the object of time, skill and concern and was considered by those who owned it as a necessary part of the family's collection