Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Owl with Lemming (2002)


  • Medium: serpentine
  • Size: 13 × 7 × 7 inches
  • Reference Code: Q40605

“I have seen a snowy owl with a lemming, and lemmings are a main source of food for owls.”

Paulassie Pootoogook

Paulassie Pootoogook



Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Paulassie is the eldest of the four sons of noted tribe leader Pootoogook, who was so pivotal to the formation of the village of Kinngait (Cape Dorset) in the early days. The four brothers, Paulassie, Eegyvudluk, Kananginak and Pudlat (and many of their wives and children) are all well-known artists at both a national and international level. Paulassie began as a printmaker but has been carving for almost fifty years now, and his work reflects an ongoing interest and curiosity in the world around him.