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Noo Atsiaq was born in Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay), Nunavut in 1986 and spent his life in Cape Dorset. Sadly, Noo passed away at the young age of 28, leaving behind his parents, Alashua Atsiaq and Piulia Pudlalik Atsiaq. Noo began carving at the age of 11, and “never missed a day!” Similar to many younger artists, he came from a family that was part of the original art makers of Cape Dorset. He learned by watching his elders carve, in particular his father, Alashua.
Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, Atsiaq strove to carve in his own style. His work embodied a fluid sense of movement – incorporating the inner nature of each piece of stone he worked with. Skilled at creating rounded lines, Noo’s use of positive and negative space gave his work a strong sense of presence and design. He can be found creating carvings of all subject matters, but is increasingly well known for his walking and dancing bears.
November 2013 Arctic Wind IV: An Expression of Freedom
Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery
Vancouver, British Columbia
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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