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