The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
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LOT 119

Lot 119

Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)

Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
Lot 119 Details
Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006), Arviat (Eskimo Point)


stone, antler
signed in syllabics
16.25 x 23.5 in — 41.3 x 59.7 cm

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $7,626
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • Luke Anowtalik ᓗ ᐊᓇᐅᑕᓕ (1932-2006)
  • 3D Image

Private Collection, Seattle, WA


Luke Anowtalik belonged to the Ahiarmiut, often referred to by outsiders as the Caribou Inuit due to their close dependence on the hunting of caribou for subsistence. It would not be an exaggeration to say that much of Anowtalik’s early life was shaped by the pursuit of these all-important animals. Later in life, they provided the material for his well-known acrobat sculptures and the inspiration for some of his most profound imagery.

Orphaned by the death of his parents in the 1940s, Anowtalik was adopted into a family from the Ennadai Lake area in the 1950s. His new family is noted frequently in Farley Mowat’s 1951 book People of the Deer and in 1959 in The Desperate People, books which chronicled the starvation and mismanaged government attempts to relocate the Ahiarmiut to Nueltin and then Henik Lake in the 1950s.

The present monumental sculpture addresses his most essential subject and brings together the two sculptural mediums – antler and stone – for which he is best known.

Gerald Kuehl, Portraits of the Far North, (Winnipeg: Vidacom Publications, 2019)


Overall very good condition. Old loss to antler, possibly predating artist.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 119

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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