Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Walrus Bear Spirit (2001)


  • Medium: serpentine, ivory
  • Size: 12.5 × 16 × 6 inches
  • Reference Code: V10226

“This is a shaman transforming from a walrus into a polar bear.”

Markoosie Papigatok

Markoosie Papigatok


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1976- )

Markoosie began carving as a teenager and is largely self-taught. His mother, Komajuk Tunnillie, and grandparents Tayaraq and Qavaroak (Kabubuwa) Tunnillie, were all accomplished carvers in Cape Dorset. Markoosie mainly works with animal themes, which he treats with a characteristic whimsy.