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Born Up Here … Somewhere
The two faces represent two Elders from Paulatuk, NWT. Garett R. and Peter G. were instrumental contributors for the Berger Inquiry of 1976. This inquiry established the Land Claims Settlements of that period of time for the Western Arctic Inuvialuit.
Peter G. and Garett R. were community Leaders from Paulatuk, NWT. They were instrumental in establishing the Incorporation of Paulatuk; from a fishing/camping and goose hunting location; into a Township, located on the Western Arctic coastline.
The contributions made by these two individuals has had a major impact on the well-being and the impact of Community Development currently and for many more years to come!
Each face has been inscribed with statements from Garret R. and Peter G. that are in the records of the Berger Inquiry. They bear witness to how life in the Arctic was for the Inuit, and what they observed happening to their culture over the course of their lives beginning from childhood recollections to seeing the effects of outside ambitions to exploit the resources of the north.
Born Up Here … Somewhere: Cdn. $1,000,000
Materials: Brazilian soapstone, red pipe stone, black pearl stone, metal stand.
Overall height: 7 ft. 5 in. Blue base: 49 in. W, 20 in. D
Stone masks: 22 in. H x 14 in. W x 6 in. D
Dancing On The Moon
These bronze castings are finished in three different tones of patina. There will be a limited edition of 12 produced, plus 4 artist’s proofs. Over two years were required to formulate this design and the choice of materials and finishing techniques. 2018 introduction.
Dancing On The Moon: Cdn. $150,000 – #2 of 12
Size: 48″ H x 43″ W x 10″ D
“This bronze casting depicts a young female Shaman “Dancing on the Moon”. She is the first female to ever make it to the moon on their own power and imagination.
Many have tried and failed in their attempts. With the proper coaching and training and encouragement from her assistants she triumphed.
Getting to the moon is one major achievement, but to stay and dance on the moon is more significant. After many years and attempts she is finally able to prove that she is capable to jig and dance on her own.
Dancing on the Moon like the Shamans of old is symbolic of an individual’s ability to achieve the ultimate feat!
This sculpture is the achievement in one’s life that we may celebrate at this time. Not everyone can achieve this.”
David Ruben Piqtoukun – Artist.