Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Caribou Shaman (2001)


  • Medium: serpentine, antler
  • Size: 9.25 × 5 × 6 inches (excluding antler)
  • Reference Code: Q40608

“I have heard stories of shamans turning into animals. It has been said that shamans would sacrifice themselves in the times of starvation by turning into caribou so they can be hunted to feed the family.”

Isaci (Isacci) Etidloie

Isaci (Isacci) Etidloie


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Isacci is the son of carver Etulu Etidlui. His grandparents Etidlooie and Kingmeata Etidlooie were noted graphic artists and sculptors in the early days of Cape Dorset art. Isacci has been carving since he was seven, and his favourite subjects are generally people in motion, whether fishing or drumdancing, always with a sense of movement. Recently, he has been making elaborate containers that incorporate both figurative elements and a whimsical sense of humour.