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“little man, big spirit”



When I first found this stone I could just see a muskox in it. It sat on my bench for awhile waiting to be born!

The body was easy to see, it was just remove a small portion on the bottom to make the legs and clean up the rest to achieve the fur portion. I left the treatment of the front part until I could see something interesting to carry the body form.

After some more looking I saw a figure in the front. I didn’t want to make a muskox face because of the flatness of the stone and, as in much of my work, I wanted to keep as much of the original shape as possible. The figure that emerged turned out to work with the way the legs were cut out — the legs of the figure are the front legs of the muskox — and looking at the figure from the back (of the muskox body) it becomes the figure’s hood, leaving the hind legs and body unseen.

While working on this piece, I was thinking of its possible title. What kept coming to mind was — little man, big spirit — The little man is very proud of his helping spirit and he makes his spirit visible when it is windy and he stands head-on to the wind.

—Michael Massie

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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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