To sing the “celebration song” is one of many things he is thankful for. He’s thankful that he has come this far in his life - for the gift of his family - and the things that were passed down from his father and mother. He celebrates that he has been able to provide for his family. He’s thankful for the many friends that he has and for the ones that are no longer with us. It is a celebration song of life itself and for each day he’s able to put his feet on the ground. He’s thankful for all of the ups and downs in life, because he knows there was something learned from each one.
Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.
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