There was a time when someone told me a story in the 1970’s during an elders conference in Puvirnituq. He described what they used to do before the arrival of white men. In the wintertime when it was very cold and there is lots of ice Inuit would go looking for walrus breathing holes in the areas. Here is my story of what he said: “They would look for walrus breathing holes and would always carry a seal skin float (avataq). This is because if they did not they would risk breaking an arm. After harpooning a walrus, it is just too strong and heavy to attempt to haul it in with the harpoon line. It was a must to have an avataq when they were waiting at a walrus breathing hole. The story he told is a true story. It is no joke, so here is this carving based on the story he told me.
Adamie Anauta is the son of Povungnituk sculptor Lukasi Anauta. He now lives in Akulivik having moved from Povungnituk. Since 1979, his work has been shown in Canada, the United States, France and Korea. His work is displayed at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
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