Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“man searching for caribou”


I love working with the shaman theme!

Here we have a man who is out hunting caribou. Not having much luck, he decides to transform into a caribou to see if he can draw a crowd of other caribou.

An interesting thing about this piece was that when I started to polish - which is really the first time I see the stone in it’s natural colour - because it is always dry to this point. So when I wet it for the first time, I noticed the vein in the tail end - which to me represents his parka. I love it when things like that just happen…no planning!

Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

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.