Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Owl Shaman (2002)


“This is a shaman that is turning into a bird. It has to turn into one so that it can see game from the sky to feed oneself. It has been lucky and has caught a fish in its talons.”

Samonie Toonoo

Samonie Toonoo


Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada


Samonie is a son of the graphic artist Sheojuk and the carver Toonoo, and the younger brother of sculptors Oviloo Tunnillie and Jutai Toonoo. Samonie began carving in his early twenties, making realistic depictions of wildlife and figurative subjects; now, he tends towards expressing social issues or images that give sculptural shape to more abstract concepts that we all think about but rarely visualize.