CHARLIE KLENGENBERG AVAKANA (1935-1986), W2-481, Coppermine / Kugluktuk
RELIEF CARVED PANEL OF GEESE
7" x 22" x 7" — 17.8 x 55.9 x 17.8 cm.
Pederson, with the Hudson Bay Company and government administration in the Canadian Arctic for 25 years built a collection of over 200 works. He championed Charlie Avakana’s carving and wrote of the first time he became aware of Charlie’s talent. “So I was sitting in there one day, working on a piece of caribou antler, making a crib board. Charlie came in and looked over my shoulder and said “What the hell are you making there?” and I said , “I’m making a crib board. Pretty good, don’t you think?” He said, “I think it’s lousy”, So Red told Charlie to give it a try and do better. “By that evening he’d started an elaborate carving of a caribou antler - done on relief, which I had never, ever seen done before. And the few I’ve seen since are out and out take-offs. Charlie dreamed up that concept entirely on his own. I knew from the start that here was, truly, an incredible talent, and Charlie was born with it.”
Red Pederson, 1963, quoted from The Red Pederson Collection presented by Northern Heritage Native Art
The Red Pederson Collection
Private Collection, Toronto