Inuit Walrus Sculpture by Andy Tugak
Andy Tugak / Walrus Sculpture
Size 8” L x 4.5” H x 6” D
Hand carved with Dark Soapstone and Caribou Antler
Rankin Inlet resident Andy Tugak began carving in 1989. He resides in Rankin Inlet, in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.
Tugak’s favourite subjects to carve are animals, among them bears, seals and walrus, like this hand-carved dark soapstone with caribou antler tusks.
The walrus plays an important role in the religion and folklore of many Arctic peoples, appearing frequently in legends.
Rankin Inlet is Nunavut’s second largest community, located on the western shores of Hudson Bay, about 1,600 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the business and transportation hub of Nunavut’s Kivalliq region, Rankin Inlet is also the gateway to Western and Central Canada.
With the 1962 closure of the North Rankin Nickel Mines, the Canadian government was anxious to encourage local artists, like Andy Tugak, to market their exquisite carvings, fabric creations and ceramics. The artists in the community continue to thrive by incorporating new materials into traditional themes.
This fine sculpture named Walrus, hand carved by Inuit artist Andy Tugak using dark soapstone and caribou antler, is sure to enhance any home or office.
Each hand-carved sculpture is accompanied by an Igloo Tag, which guarantees its authenticity and certifies that the piece was handmade by Inuit artists in Canada. The igloo symbol is registered by the Government of Canada and can only be attached to original Inuit sculptures and art from northern Canada.