Spirit Wrestler Gallery

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These pages are an archive of an exhibition the Spirit Wrestler Gallery held in 2000.

If an item is not marked as "sold" then it may still be available. Please contact the gallery to inquire.

1. Inukshuk Pin
Annie Agligoetok
Cambridge Bay
Copper
1.5 x 2"
sold

"I learn a lot of drawing and jewellery making. I like working with copper, silver and brass to make into jewellery pieces. In the future I would like to have my own jewellery business."

2. Fun Waiting for Daddy Hairpin
Verna Ehaloak
Cambridge Bay
Sterling silver
1.75 x 5"

"I really like making jewellery, especially when it has a piece of our culture in it. This way people from all over the world can see how we live."

3. Legend of Kiviuk Container
Thomas Suvissak
Cambridge Bay
Sterling silver
3 x 2" diameter
sold

"When you first start working on jewellery it is hard but as you work on it, it gets easier. I like to make pendants, rings and containers. When I am finished school I will work on jewellery at home."

4. Sliding Serving Spoon
Elsie Klengenberg
Cambridge Bay
Sterling, ivory, muskox horn
3.25 x 8.25 x 1.75"
sold

"It's about children when they are sliding in the springtime. After they have their meal in the snow house the children go outside playing all day. When it is really white with new clean snow you could see the children's footprints."

5. Spring on the Land Container
Verna Ehaloak
Cambridge Bay
Sterling, ivory
4 x 2.25" diameter

"They were running out of food, so they were stocking up fish and seal for summer. The kids were getting cold and bored so they went to go play. At the end of the day the kids were tired and they headed home. Spring for me is going out, being with the kids, going fishing and visiting people when they are out on the land. I like spring because it is not cold."

6. Night, Day Container
Elsie Klengenberg
Cambridge Bay
Sterling, ivory
2.75 x 2" diameter

"It's spring and winter. In the winter it doesn't get light much, it is mostly dark. In springtime, it starts to get more daylight and it gives you a happy feeling. When the weather is nice and there is more daylight they stay out on the land and go hunting."

7. Goose Taking Off Sculpture
Ross Napayok Klengenberg
Cambridge Bay
Brass
3.5 x 6 x 6.5"
sold

"I like working on jewellery. Working with my hands makes me feel relaxed. I express how I feel through my work. I am still trying for %100."

8. Muskox Spring Container
Joseph Haluksit
Cambridge Bay
Sterling, turquoise
2.75 x 2.5 x 1.75"
sold

"I like making jewellery because it comes alive when it is finished. I like drawing animals and our culture. I like making brooches, pendants and earrings."

9. Bull Muskox Brooch
Ross Napayok Klengenberg
Cambridge Bay
Copper
1.5 x 2.5"
sold

10. Sedna Serving Spoon
Helen K. Olifie
Cambridge Bay
Sterling silver
6 x 1.75"
sold

"I am sitting here in the sun thinking to myself, 'Am I the only person in the world or have I not explored enough yet? Will I ever meet my soul mate? I believe that I will meet you one day.'"

11. Ice Fishing Letter Opener
Joseph Haluksit
Cambridge Bay
Sterling, brass, copper
7.5 x 1"
sold

12. Bringing Food Bowl
Thomas Suvissak
Cambridge Bay
Copper, brass, sterling, caribou fur
2.5 x 7 x 4"
sold

13. Narwhal Rivet Sculpture
Andrew Kendi
Inuvik
Copper, sterling
1.5 x 6.5 x 0.75"
sold

"I have been making art since grade school. I took jewellery so I can mix media. I also use acrylic and watercolours to paint scenery from the McKenzie Delta. I carve with soapstone of our culture."

14. Bear Sculpture
Joanne Tetlichi
Inuvik
Copper
2 x 4 x 0.5"
sold

"Art is something you can sit and enjoy. When I am engulfed in my art or beading, the world beyond does not exist. You can sit for hours and do what you do best."

15. Inukshuk Pendant
Martin Goodliffe
Inuvik
Copper
2.5 x 1.75"

"Related to Emily Carr. Lived on an arctic island. Experienced nature. Loves to cook and carve small pieces of jewellery. Most of my work uses natural materials."

16. Walrus Pendant
Don Gruben Sr.
Inuvik
Sterling silver
2 x 1.5"
sold

"I have enjoyed creating art for a number of years. I like working with caribou antler, soapstone, walrus and mammoth ivory. I also like to inspire people with my artwork."

17. Loon Dance Pendant
Richard Semple
Inuvik
Copper
2.5 x 2.5"

"Each piece I make inspires me to do the next one better. In my culture Gwich'in, I see animals that inspire me to make art. I like giving happiness to people that enjoy art, that inspires me to create more enjoyable art."

18. Swan Pendant & Earrings
Robert Buckle
Inuvik
Sterling silver
Pendant: 1.5" diameter, Earrings: 1" diameter
sold

"To me jewellery is wearable art. Most of my designs come from travelling and seeing birds and animals on the land. It sticks in my head till I make a piece of art from what I have seen."

19. Moccasin Brooch
Mabel Migwi
Rae Edzo
Brass, sterling
2 x 1.5"
sold

"I want to keep traditional crafts going. I learnt it from my mom and Grandmother and I like doing moccasin uppers so I can pass my skills onto my kids."

20. Born Under the Sunrise Brooch
Archie Beaulieu
Rae Edzo
Copper
3.75 x 2.5"
sold

"The loon legend in our tribe brings beauty among people and the land. They are dancing, jumping out of the water, the eggs are under the female, one egg hatches. The sun above, we call it a sun lady. That's why there's a woman between the two loons. Woman is beauty, the whole thing is beauty."

21. Mad Trapper Brooch
Antoine Betsidea
Rae Edzo
Copper, brass
1.5 x 3"

22. Treeline Trapper Brooch
Antoine Betsidea
Rae Edzo
Copper, brass
1.75 x 2.5"

23. Sah-tu Snowshoes Brooch
Antoine Betsidea
Rae Edzo
Copper, brass
2.5 x 1.5"

24.Chased Falcon Pendant
Archie Beaulieu
Rae Edzo
Sterling, amethyst
3.25 x 2"
sold

25. Eagle Feather Flower Brooch
Rose Bailey
Rae Edzo
Sterling, copper, brass
2.25 x 2.5"

"Before I got into jewellery, I used to sew. Each time you make something use different designs so it looks nice. Everybody has a different flower. Everyone has a different design."

26. Snowy Owl Brooch
Ray McSwain
Rae Edzo
Copper
2.5 x 1.75"

"Making art is a way to show my respect for the beauty of my culture, and I'm happy to show it to people."

27. Tundra Flower Brooch
Nora Ekendia
Rae Edzo
Copper
1.75 x 1.75"
sold

"I really like flowers. It's myself. I always sew and draw flowers. A small flower, small leaf, it's good."

28. Chased Flower Brooch
Nora Beaverho
Rae Edzo
Copper
1.5 x 1.5"
sold

"My designs are always flowers. Ever since I'm 14, I've been doing flowers. The designs are always different. I do it over and over again to make it right."

29. Moose Antler Brooch
Jessica Football
Rae Edzo
Copper
2 x 2"

"When I started making jewellery, thoughts came to mind about traditional ways. I enjoyed it, why? Experiencing something I haven't done. That it's really important for our people."

30. Goose Flying Pendant
Paul Aupilardjuk
Rankin Inlet
Copper, sterling
1.75 x 2.25"

"My dad is a carver and at 16 he taught me to carve. I decided I wanted to learn how to make jewellery. I like doing this most of the time, but sometimes I get stuck on my drawing. Then it is hard. I enjoy making rings most of all."

31. Double Bird Pendant
Edward Kabluitok
Rankin Inlet
Sterling silver
2 x 1.75"
sold

"I have been making art for over 25 years now. When I was younger, I wanted pop money and Mom and Dad didn't have any, so I tried carving and made $2. I enjoy it and it helps to buy the groceries for the family. Jewellery is a new challenge."

32. Amauti Pendant
Cheryl Milortok
Rankin Inlet
Copper
1.75 x 1"

"At first, I thought it would be impossible to make something beautiful out of a piece of metal. I would like to see more Inuit jewellery and to have it recognized all over the world. I think seeing Inuit art helps people to learn more about our culture."

33. Kamiks Brooch
Cheryl Milortok
Rankin Inlet
Copper
1.75 x 1"

34. Okpik Brooch
Paul Sanertanut
Rankin Inlet
Brass
1.5 x 2"
sold

"My designs are about Inuit life. Making art is a way to preserve our culture for future generations. Jewellery is my new job, I can be my own boss. Even when school ends, I will be able to support my family."

35. Dog Team Container
Philip Ugjuk
Rankin Inlet
Sterling, soapstone, muskox horn
3.5 x 2"
sold

"I am learning that a talented artist has to learn how to make strong designs for their artwork."

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