INUIT STONECUTS

“Raven’s Domain” by Mayoreak Ashoona
Stonecut, Nunavut, 1995

The land of the Inuit is called Nunavut, this term means simply our home-land which stretches over a big arctic territory in the North of Canada. In the old Inuit mythology the raven was seen as creator of the entire world and all living beings with beats of his wings. He also had the power of both a man and a bird, and could change easily from one to the other simply by pulling his beak over his head as one lifts a mask. According their tradition the first human being was born from a pea-pod plant, because the raven also filled the land with growing pea-pod plants, and when after some time one of the pea-pods burst open, out popped a fully grown human being, the first to walk around raven’s earth.

“Quiviuq” by Armand Tagoona / Ruby Arngna’naaq
Stonecut, Nunavut, 1973