Jimmie Petaulassie

Wandering Bear

6" L x 3" H

This young artist resides in the community of Cape Dorset, a small but important settlement on the south coast of Baffin Island.

His father, Joanassie and his brother Noah are prominent
carvers. Joanassie encouraged his sons to carve and make extra money from their work, and he permitted them to assist him on their early efforts.

Jimmy speaks both his native language of Inkutitut and English. He enjoys both his life in Cape
Dorset and particularly life on the land, where each member of the family has their own favorite summer camp.

This artist is known for his depictions of wildlife, particularly bears.

Cape Dorset is located north of Hudson Bay on the southwest tip of Baffin Island, well above the treeline and just south of the Arctic Circle.

The Inuit inhabitants have always called the area Kinngait (pronounced king-ite), meaning "the place of hills," but it was named Cape Dorset in 1631 by the British explorer Captain Luke Foxe, who mapped the region during his unsuccessful search for the Northwest Passage; he named it in honour of the Earl of Dorset, who had sponsored the expedition.

Today, Cape Dorset is a modern community of nearly fourteen hundred inhabitants in the newly created Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Gallery Price $450.00


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