“I’ve been carving animal-figures since I first started carving. The images come from my imagination and from my observations of real animals. Most of the time I know what I want to carve before I begin: I think out what I want to make. I don’t run out of ideas because I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to carve next. If a carver began a carving without knowing what he would carve next, it wouldn’t make any sense.” (p.24-25)
Andy Miki was born near the Kazan River in the interior of the Keewatin in 1918. He and his wife [Mary] Kahootsuak lived and hunted with Owlijoot’s camp at Ennadai Lake until their move [due to starvation conditions] in 1959 to Eskimo Point. They soon move onto Rankin Inlet and later Whale Cove. They returned to Eskimo Point in 1969. (p.106)
Excerpts from “Eskimo Point/Arviat”, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1982
Canadian author Farley Mowat mentions Miki in his books, People of the Deer and The Desperate People.
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