Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Shaman’s Celebration (2002)


  • Medium: serpentine, antler
  • Size: 32.5 × 16 × 14 inches (bear)
    Size: 24 × 18 × 8 inches (walrus)
  • Reference Code: Q31002

“The bear and the walrus were animals used in conflicts between powerful shamans trying to overpower each other. The bear and the walrus were enemies before but became friends afterwards, and now they are dancing together.”

Quvianatuliak (Kov) Takpaungai

Quvianatuliak (Kov) Takpaungai


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

(1942- )

Kov was one of the youngest artists to be selected for the important exhibition “Sculpture/Inuit. Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic,” which toured the world (1971-73). He has continued to produce work that is both powerful and memorable, often on a large scale. He is a keen hunter, and his respect for the land shows in his carvings of wildlife, but his wide-ranging sculptures include figurative and transformational themes. His work has been widely exhibited.