Direct translation of syllabics accompanying the sculpture: “This carving is a story of true events back in 1958 when we started school in Povungnituk and at the time we lived in Nellietalik. We had to walk far to go to school. A teacher, who is Mr. Mallon, told us to walk hand-in-hand because we lived so far and had to walk to school. Here the two children are siblings walking home hand-in-hand bringing home their books to show their parents.” (May 16, 2012)
The artist has further confirmed that this is a memory and is a portrait of himself with his sister walking home from school. They would hold hands especially when the weather was bad. He said the distance from Nellietalik to the school was only around a mile but it seemed a long way to them as everyone lived far away from the school.
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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