In previous carvings, there are works showing the initiation of the apprentice; shamans in the form of animals; and animals in the transformational stage.
Here the Shaman is at the beginning of his transformation, with his arms outstretched as wings, ready for flight—he awaits what is to come, for the journey to begin.
The connection to the real world and the spirit world is shown with the bird foot. His gaze is downward, to signify his ability to see all and to suggest his return.
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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