Inuit Hunter Sculpture 2 by Lucassie Nakoolak
Lucassie Nakoolak / Hunter Sculpture
Size 8.5” L x 7” H x 4” D
Hand carved with Soapstone and Whalebone
Master Carver Lucassie Nakoolak learned the delicate art of carving when he was a young man. He spent hours watching other carvers in Coral Harbour, Nunavut and practiced with different materials such as antler, soapstone, bone and granite. This hand-carved soapstone hunter and bear, made using soapstone with a whalebone spear, is one of Lucassie Nakoolak's Inuit art masterpieces.
Nakoolak resides in the thriving community of Coral Harbour, which is known as Salliq in Inuktitut, which means a large flat island in front of the mainland. It was named for the fossilized coral found at nearby Fossil Creek. Today Coral Harbour’s largely young population blends Inuit traditions with modern life.
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.