Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“shaman taking on the form of a walrus”


The sculpture is of a shaman in a trance while drum-dancing. While I was detailing the face, I was thinking of the elders that perished in the walrus-hunting accident off Baffin Island a few years back. At the time I was also thinking of a shaman singing for a bountiful hunt.

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.