Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Shaman Polar Bear Transformation

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Translation of syllabics: “A man changing to an animal, transforming becoming a polar bear.”

Jobie Uqaituk (Ohaituk)

Inuit

Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada

(1946- )

“Sometimes when you look at a piece of stone, it already has a shape. When you look at it from the outside you can see that it’s going to be this or that. You start to chisel away, carving your idea from the beginning because you’ve got the idea of what to make and it takes form and meaning. It’s not hard to do then, to give it meaning … it’s gratifying. I try to make my carvings come alive.”