DAVIDIALUK ALASUA AMITTU, POVUNGNITUK/PUVIRNITUQ, E9-824, Povungnituk
AN OWL FEEDING HER YOUNG
signed in Roman with disc number
8.5 ins x 10 ins x 6 ins; 21.6 cms x 25.4 cms x 15.2 cms
“Davidialuk has an innate taste for legends, for myths and for cultural imagery. He made his first carvings in wood, ivory and in pieces of soapstone from old stone lamps. As his talent continued to unfold with each new piece, he went to look for the stones which he wanted to carve, but without ever letting this interfere with his hunting and fishing activities. The white man’s school usurped the oral tradition; missionaries, doctors and policemen redirected the life, activities and beliefs of the Inuit. He, therefore, would immortalize in stone, the stories, thoughts and dreams which had nurtured his childhood and early life as a ‘free’ Inuk. In so doing, Davidialuk produced some of the most remarkable works of contemporary Inuit art.”
Marybelle Myers, ed., Davidialuk 1977, La Fédération des Coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, 1977, unpaginated.