Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Katyutayuuq Spirit (c.1985)


  • Medium: steatite
  • Size: 4 × 3.5 × 3.5 inches
  • Reference Code: L91114

“The stories of the first people of long ago went like this: Some migrants were traveling this day leaving one lot of them behind. In the night, while it was dark, those who were left behind were entered upon by big Katyutayuuq. When it came in, the big Katyutayuuq said, “He is mine, he is mine, he is mine, he is mine” (i.e., mine to eat).

Big Brown, Big Stomach, Short Throat, Big Daughter, Big Tail, and Big Ptarmigan—those are quite a few, but I do not know the name of three — those ones were come in upon. The big Katyutayuuq was scratched by the One-Who-Says-‘Uriu’ (the call of the Ptarmigan). The One-Who-Says-‘Uriu’ scratched a long time, almost all night long. Big Katyutayuuq’s face was all mangled up. Because it was mangled, it went outside during the night. Then they sat up frightened all night long, not going out even when it became dawn. Only when it was fully day did they go out, for they were afraid of the big Katyutayuuq with its great big head and breasts on the cheeks, two big ones. So the story goes. That’s all; I stop.”

Story by Davidialuk Alasua Amittu from Inuit Stories: Povungnituk, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988

Aliva Tuktu Tulugak


Puvirnituq, Quebec, Canada

(1953- )

Aliva Tulugak was born on August 4, 1954 in Puvirnituq where he lives with his wife and four children. Fluent in both Inuktitut and English, this young carver became familiar with the southern lifestyle while working for La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec in Montreal for approximately two years. During this period in the south he travelled to Quebec City to assist the curator of le musee de la Civilization with the identification of Inuit works in that collection.