Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Shaman Dancing with a Feather (2001)


“She is a shaman dancing in a healing ritual and is holding an eider duck feather to help her in the ceremony. She is wearing decorations of amulets that were traditionally worn on shaman’s clothing. For the past three years I have been saddened by the loss of my son, Aipilie, who was a carver too. This sculpture interprets the mourning for my son. In my dreams, I see a shaman bringing back my son, but I know that will not happen. My daughter, Louisa, collected the raw garnets that are in the front amulets about four years ago some fifty miles from Cape Dorset. She was traveling on the land with other young people in a healing group learning the old ways in healing.”

Omalluk (Omadluq) Oshutsiaq

Omalluk (Omadluq) Oshutsiaq


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Omalluk was adopted and raised by the artists Etidlooie Etidlooie and Kingmeata Etidlooie. She has been working at both sculpture and drawings for many years, and has exhibited widely. Her work is often smaller in scale, with a fluid curvaceous style.