8" Wolf by Louie Uttaq Gjoa Haven *Lonesome Howl*
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Inuit art: Wolf
Inuit Artist: Louie Uttaq
Size: 8" long, 5" high, 2" wide
Community: Gjoa Haven, NU 21
This is a rendition of a real-life wolf.
In order to achieve the true grace and timid stance of this gorgeous mammal, Uttaq had to painstakingly carve out each leg. This takes tremendous focus and patience for an artist to do. Wolves and caribous are by far the hardest subject for an artist to carve. This is why they are not frequently seen.
Our wolf, with his mouth slightly parted, is howling.
To wolves, a howl is a long distance conversation.
Our cultural ideas, and fear of the dark, play into our ideas of wolf howls.
Sometimes the howls sound sad, sometimes eerie and sometimes even joyful.
But to me, they always sound beautiful.
Beautiful howling and beautiful carving... the black argillite stone, the carved fur and the stance of this Arctic wolf creates a captivating sculpture.
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