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|Dimensions||7.5 x 10.5 x 8"|
Born in 1975, Wayne Puqiqnak is the third generation of working artists in his family. He is greatly influenced by the work of this father as well as his grandfather, Nelson Takkiruq, a well-known Inuit artist.
The Inuktitut name for Gjoa Haven is “Usqsuqtuuq”, which means “a place of plenty of fat.” The name refers to the fatty fish and seal that were abundant in this area. It is no wonder, then, that many of the sculptures that come from this region are depictions of hunters.
Wayne works in the classic form from his region, Kitikmeot, which is known for its “grotesque” style in its sculptures. This would include gaping mouths full of crooked teeth, large flaring nostrils, and wide staring eyes.
Wayne prefers to work with the human figure, and enjoys carving Hunters and Drum Dancers. His work beautifully reflects the traditions of his culture of which he captures with masterful skill.
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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.
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.