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Sam Qiatsuk is from Cape Dorset, in Nunavut. He has been carving since he was eighteen years old. Qiatsuk has developed a very angular and symmetrical style, making his work very distinctive.
While he began carving professionally in his late teens, Qiatsuk has been exposed to the art from a very young age through his father. He learned carving simply from watching his father work. He is now considered one of the preeminent carvers of the younger generation. As a result, he is able to support his family through his artwork.
Qiatsuk prefers to work in serpentine and antler – materials indigenous to his home. Out of this stone he carves mostly birds, owls, and inukshuks.
The artists from the area of Cape Dorset are known for carving serpentine stone, often depicting Arctic wildlife in more-or-less naturalistic postures. The work from this area is similar to that found in Cape Dorset.
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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