Thomassie Tookalook, Mother gull feeding fish to baby gull, c. 1970-1975
15 x 15 x 10 1/2 in.
Thomassie Tookalook is also known as Tamusi Qumalu Tukala. This carving combines the strength of Thomassie's birds, with maternal tenderness. The mother gull is feeding a fish to its nestling. Povungnituk artists carved naturalistic birds with great skill, and this is a stellar example. In addition, the extensive negative space made this a very risky carving.
For a similar carving by Thomassie of a peregrine falcon, every inch a raptor, see
Thomassie Tookalook | Mother gull feeding fish to baby gull | c. 1970-1975 | Alaska on Madison
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Thomassie Tookalook, Hunter with bearskin
This elegant hunter is holding a bearskin, meticulously detailed down to the bear's claws. As is not uncommon, the proportions are not true to life; a polar bear would, of course, be significantly larger than the hunter. One is tempted to speculate that the artist had a vision that was too large for the available stone, and he adapted the vision to fit the stone.
Thomassie Tookalook | Hunter with bearskin | | Alaska on Madison
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