“The shaman drummers were inspired by the series of Yup’ik masks that I carved for this exhibition. Each drummer has a mask representing the land, sky and sea. After carving the bird shaman and securing his mask, I decided to give the caribou and walrus shamans’ removable masks. These drummers took a long time to carve because of all the detailed carving—the walrus shaman even has a knife that can be removed from its sheath. I deliberately made all three of them left handed as it worked better with the composition.”
Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.
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