Some organic materials such as walrus ivory and whalebone cannot be exported out of the country. Some international laws do not allow shipping of sculptures made from one of these materials out of Canada.
One of the largest sized pieces Manasie has ever created, Protectors of the Land represents many traditional Inuit ways of living and how those traditions connected them to the land and mother nature. The Inuit people believed that much of their purpose was to respect the land and animals that allowed them to live their lives in prosperous manner at the top of the food chain so they had many rituals to homage to the spirits of all living creatures.
Some Details in this piece include:
Drum dancers paying homage to the traditional Male roles in the Inuit families and how they connected with the spiritual world through song and dance.
Traditional roles of the women in the family nurturing their children and the elder family matriarch with facial tattoos who brought wisdom and deeper connection to the spiritual world.
A Raven messenger carrying the prayers and flying from the cave to deliver the prayers of the family to the spirit world.
14 1/2 " x 4 1/2" x 8 1/4"
6" x 2 1/2" x 3"
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