Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Bird Shaman (2003)


  • Medium: serpentine
  • Size: 9 × 10.5 × 2.5 inches
  • Reference Code: Q40614

“There are stories of how the raven and the owl got their colours. This owl will be painted by the raven—and she will then paint the raven. The owl is shown with humanlike qualities.”

Kellypalik Qimirpik

Kellypalik Qimirpik


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Kellypalik has been exhibiting since the mid-1970s and was included in the 1989 “Masters of the Arctic: An Exhibition of Contemporary Inuit Masterworks,” which toured for more than a decade. He shows widely nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo exhibitions. Although known for his carvings of bears and other wildlife, he also sculpts figurative subjects and particularly enjoys transformational themes.