BILL NASOGALUAK (1953-), ᓇᓱᒐᓗᐊᒃ, Yellowknife
stone, wood base
titled in Roman
8 x 19 x 9 in — 20.3 x 48.3 x 22.9 cm
Bill Nasogaluak said of this piece, “Gooblualuq was one of the last great shamans from the Inuvialuit homeland. He was known to transform into a hawk and to travel seeking good hunting areas and on rescue missions, and to fly just for the beauty of flight. His flying exploits are still recalled by some Inuvialuit elders today.
In this piece, I have depicted the shaman Gooblualuq in his transformed state, during a very private moment with his wife; a moment where the physical and the spiritual states connect and thus become one.”