Lucassie Echalook, Hunter attacking bear with knife, c. 1970
15 x 17 x 8 in.
This dramatic, dynamic carving shows a hunter clinging to the back of a bear, with his knife embedded in the bear's back.
Lucassie Echalook was raised on the land, and this carving vividly conveys the intensity of the hunter's struggle with the bear. It is unusual in Lucassie's oeuvre for its extensive negative space. It is also distinctive among many Inukjuak carvings for being fully realized in the round. It does not have an obvious "front" and "back" -- as you rotate it, the composition has interest when viewed from any angle.