Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

the legendary giant (2006)


“I wanted to try something different. so once I picked out the stone I was going to use, I sat down and started reading stories. One story I liked was the legend of “the man and the giant”, from “Inuit Stories from Povungnituk” by Zebedee Nungak and Eugene Arima (pages 23-29), carving and story by Saali Arngnatuq E9-1460. His carvings depict certain parts of the story, with mine it is when the giant has checked the man’s breathing and is adjusting him on his back getting ready to bring him home. The giant is kneeling on one knee and standing on the other, as if he is about to get up. He also has his head turned as if to give one last listen before setting off. The little man has his eyes closed and is still holding his breath, making sure the giant doesn’t suspect anything. I tried to make the little man seem as if he is being slung onto the giants back. The rope and the finger nails needed to be added to both help the viewer move around the piece. The rope helps tie (pardon the pun!) the two pieces together.”

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.