Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Inuk Holding a Toy Kayak (c.1963-66)


  • Medium: steatite
  • Size: 3 × 2.5 × 2.5 inches
  • Reference Code: LS80230

Bobby Quppaapik Tarkirk


Salluit, Quebec, Canada


Bobby Tarkirk grew up in the area of Ivujivik, eighty miles from Salluit. Descriptions of him never fail to mention his unusual size: Tarkirk was always the tallest Inuk in his community, and his large hands seemed incongruous with the detailed miniatures which he carved. He married Toonoo, a widow from Sugluk, with whom he raised two sons and two daughters. Bobby moved to Salluit in 1958, and soon after started carving.