JOHNNY INUKPUK, R.C.A. (1911-2007), Port Harrison / Inukjuak
HUNTER CALLING BIRD
stone, etched ivory
signed in Roman, disc number inscribed
14 x 7 x 4 in — 35.6 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm
This wonderful sculpture by master carver Johnny Inukpuk narrates the story of the Angakoq, or 'Storyteller'. The hunter is beseeching the bird to give him the bone in its mouth, a femur from a dead Inuk who was a great storyteller during his time. The hunter believes that if he eats the bone, he will absorb the deceased Inuk's wisdom and storytelling abilities.
Harold Seidelman & James Turner, The Inuit Imagination, Arctic Myth and Sculpture, Thames and Hudson Inc, New York, 1993, p. 115
Private Collection, Ontario