Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“high tide”


Being well into the fishing season, all that is on his mind is: fish, fish, and more fish! All day long, from daylight to dusk, he fishes - using his favourite tool - the kakivak. Even as he eats and rests, it’s fish on his mind.

After a long and plentiful day of fishing - and after a good feed of fish, he breaks for the night and falls comfortably to sleep.

Now, you would think his mind would be at rest along with his body, but no…even in his dreams he thinks of fishing. In this night’s dream, he is transforming into a fish! His hands become fish heads - and his parka has scales and a tail of a fish. It is a windy day and the waves are high - not a good day for fishing with the kakivak, so he walks until the moon appears, in the hopes the wind will calm.

He wakes up to find the wind has picked up and the waves are high. It’s beginning to look like his dream wasn’t just a dream… or did he awake in another dream?

—Michael Massie

Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.