Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“and shake it all about”


Looking at the stone, the first thing I saw was an owl—so I went with it. I enjoy making owls as they can be presented as very playful and with humanistic characteristics that we can all relate to. Their eyes open and close much like ours do—and their body movements are often similar.

This guy here is into the dancing—altho’ he doesn’t quite enjoy the fact that he has to dance. There are a number of carvings out there named “Dancing Owl”, and not wanting to add another to the list I have this one its title from a song which came to mind which was “Do the Hokey-Pokey” which goes a little something like this:

You put your right foot in—you put your right foot out,
put your right foot in—and you shake it all about,
You do the hokey-pokey… and you turn yourself around…
That’s what it’s all about!

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.