In the past, when the Inuit were nomadic, most carvers used materials that were readily available wherever they were living. Lighter materials such as bone, antler and ivory were used. Today the most commonly used material is stone.
Left to right: Paul Milliki Caribou 1990 // Tutuyea Ikkidluak Wolf Standing on Hind Legs 1986
Besides having to endure the extreme cold, the Inuit had to face dangers such as polar bears. This sculpture of a polar bear balanced on one leg was sculpted by Atchealak in alabaster during a stay in Toronto, Ontario.
Pangnirtung, NT 1989
68x37x17cm - Alabaster