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|Dimensions||8.5 x 12.5 x 3.5"|
|Artist||Bobby Nokolak Anaviluk|
Bobby Nokolak Anaviluk comes from the small Arctic hamlet of Kugluktuk. This region is renowned for the stone which is mined and carved there, Dolomite. The Dolomite’s geological composition and milky white looks stand out from Serpentine stone in any Inuit art collection.
Like many who live in the North, he was raised in the strenuous nomadic lifestyle of the Inuit peoples. He would move from camp to camp by dogsled with his parents. Along the way he was exposed to the endless natural beauty of the Arctic and its wildlife. This would prove to be the inspiration for his craft for years to come.
Both of his parents were artists and encouraged his natural creative abilities. Even before he had a pencil and paper, he would etch drawings into stones. His father soon taught him how to carve, imparting on Bobby that every stone has a spirit and, as an artist, it is his job to bring that spirit out through his carving.
He soon came to master the medium and his work displays an amazing realism typically unseen elsewhere in the Arctic. His fastidious proportions and exquisite beauty have endeared Anavilok’s depictions of Northern wildlife to, and are celebrated amongst, avant-garde circles of Inuit art.
Bobby is a relentless worker in all aspects of his life. He acts as an Ambassador to Nunavut as well as a leader in his community and a voice for his people. Anavilok is even known for quarrying his own Dolomite before carving. He is a perfectionist whose work reflects the dedication and passion of the man behind it.
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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.