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Standing by His Carvings (2004)


  • Medium: serpentine
  • Size: 15 × 8 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: Q40646


“I am pleased that you like my sculptures and are including them in your book. People up here make fun of my pieces and laugh at them. I want to make my carvings like this and not do what other people are doing. I am making a statement that I believe and stand by my carvings.”

Jutai Toonoo

Jutai Toonoo


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


When I carve, I am giving part of myself. I put so much energy and passion into the carving that I am working on that I am physically and mentally drained when the carving is finished. I do not like wearing a protective mask when I’m carving, so I know that the dust I’m breathing in is killing me. Each carving that I make takes so much out of me.”

Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

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one block West of the Granville Island gates
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