Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Mother with Her Child and Sled Dog


  • Medium: serpentine
  • Size: 15 × 14 × 4.5 inches
  • Reference Code: Q40640

“Women used to move from hunting ground to hunting ground while carrying their babies. They usually had dogs for protection from dangerous animals.”

Featured in Cape Dorset Sculpture, p.32

Pitseolak Niviaqsi

Pitseolak Niviaqsi


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


A son of the great sculptor and graphic artist Niviaksiak and the graphic artist Kunu, Pitseolak trained as a printmaker, possibly through the influence of his older brother, Qiatsuq. As a sculptor, he has a talent for using positive and negative space that imbues his work with a lightness and fluidity reminiscent of the work of the two great masters Osuitok Ipeelee and Lukta Qiatsuk. His work has a wide range: graceful interpretations of wildlife, particularly birds; family carvings, which often represent his wife and children; and depictions of the sea goddess. His future as a master carver and mentor to the new generation of carvers seems assured.