Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“We have a Visitor”

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“In my experiences seal hunting in the spring I have noticed that a seal will have many holes to surface and breathe. The seal will deliberately alternate the breathing-hole used so to confuse any hunter waiting above whether it be a fox, wolf or polar bear or a hunter like me! This sculpture gives a view inside the den below the ice where the seal pup is living. The mother seal will keep the seal safely housed in the snow den. As soon as any visitor approaches the breathing-hole the mother will sense the vibrations and will swim through the breathing hole to the snow den to calm and warn the pup to keep silent. In this instance it is only another seal!”

—Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier

Inuit

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1978- )

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.