Arden Barnes Collection, U.S.A
Darlene Coward Wight, The First Passionate Collector, The Ian Lindsay Collection of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1990, p. 124
“The shaman was called upon to determine the cause of illness which was often thought to be the result of the breaking of taboos or the activities of malevolent spirits... The shaman had the power to change into animal form and back again, and transformation imagery - part human, part animal - interested the collector.”
The stylistic similarities between this work and those of Joe Talirunili is undeniable. For a similar work see Bernadette Driscoll, Uumajut, Animal Imagery in Inuit Art, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, page 66, plate 30.