I see our ancestors moving in my mind and they are my real subject matter. I will only make what I know and recognize. That’s all that interests me. It must make sense as I wish to fool no-one. My works do not come from dreams. Dreams are partly nonsense, partly real. I consciously work on each image. I can’t really call it work, can I? Workers seem to live for paydays, making plans for the wages they’ll receive. I never know when I sell a piece or how much it will bring.
interview with John Houston, December 9, 1978, Pangnirtung, NWT
In May 1989, Davie Atchealak’s whalebone figure Drum Dancer sold at Waddington’s Inuit Art Auction in Toronto for $41,000.00, which established a record auction price for an Inuit carving [at the time].
Excerpt courtesy Inuit Art Section, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), 1997.
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