Looty has depicted a life-like version of an older muskox in high winter complete with ice-caked and gnarled shoulder wool as is common during the harshest weather periods. He has also left a matte finish portion along the spine to depict the “blonde” sash that is common on all oxen to varying degrees.
Two monuments will be unveiled in the High Arctic this week to recognize Inuit who were forced to live in Canada’s most northerly settlements in the 1950s. Grise Fiord carver Looty Pijamini said his sculpture depicts a woman overlooking the ocean, with a young boy and a husky beside her. Speaking in Inuktitut, Pijamini said the woman in his monument is not smiling — “she is not happy because it was not a happy occasion,” he said.”
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