This is the story of a shaman. A powerful shaman who also liked to make carvings. Because of his talents as a carver, he was asked to travel south to take part in an exhibition.
He had lived in the north for all of his long life and was very much in tune with how things were, but while he was in the south for his show, he noticed that there were very few mosquitoes. He found this very curious, as mosquitoes were everywhere where he was from! He began to notice these large flying bugs that seemed to feed on the mosquitoes. He asked his hosts about these large bugs and found out that these were dragon-flies and that they loved to eat the pesky mosquito.
Taking this new-found knowledge back home with him, he found it quite handy one time while he was out fishing and the mosquitoes were very, very, plentiful. With his great powers he transformed into a dragon fly…and then looked around saying to himself ” this is more like it “.
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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