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“goo g’joob: coocoochachoo”



How I came across the title is quite interesting to me. Right up until three days ago I have always though the lyrics to The Beatles song, “I Am the Walrus” went like this:

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus

But it really goes:

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo g’ joob

This to me is quite funny, I have heard programs on CBC Radio that are based on the idea that you think you know the lyrics but you really don’t. Well, this is one that had everyone here thinking the same thing… “That can’t be right?!” But there it is, so what I have done is to include the proper way to spell it and my way of spelling it!

As for how this piece came about — I always look at the stone and let it tell me what it wants to be and in this case it was a walrus. I like making walrus shapes because of their folds, flippers and tusks. With the story on this one, I was thinking of a shaman that is in the transformation stage, part human and part walrus. He drums for a good harvest and to be able to take care of the community. I added the silver tattooing to help set off the face and to show his strength.

—Michael Massie

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.

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