Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Blind Boy Guided by Loons (2013)

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  • Medium: steatite
  • Size: 9.75 × 6 × 2 inches
  • Reference Code: R131110

Translated story: “A legend that is well known to Inuit: a blind boy was mistreated by his mother and was in an abandoned igloo in the springtime. Some loons came to him asking if he wanted his sight restored and when he said ‘yes’ he went towards the lake by hearing the sound of the loons. As he came to the lake he is asked that when he suffocates he was not to react and make sudden movements. He must do as he was told and twice he was made to go in the water. After the last one he was seeing like any other person. He headed back with his vision restored then it was said he tied his mean mother to a harpoon and she became a lumaajuuq. The story is long, but I’ll stop here.”

Jobie Arnaituk

Inuit

Kangiqsujuaq, Quebec, Canada

(1948- )

“Jobie Arnaituk of Kangiqsujuaq followed in the footsteps of his mother, Qipitaq, when he became a sculptor and a printmaker. An accomplished artist, Arnaituk is also a musician and novice actor, having played a bit role as Nayalik alongside his colleague Tamussie Sivuarapik in the 1992 film Shadow of the Wolf starring Lou Diamond Phillips.