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10 Works of Motherly Love

Feb 12, 2021
by IAQ

The canon of Inuit art is replete with images of mothers: carrying babies in their amautiit, soothing nightmares, playing in the snow. Mothers play a vital part in the lives of their children, even when they're all grown up. Today, we celebrate motherly love: this powerful bond between mother and child.

ElijassiapikEliMotherandChild

Eli Elijassiapik
Mother and Children (c. 2009) Steatite 11 x 7.5 x 5.5 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler

AliktalukEvaTalookiMotherWithChild

Eva Talooki Aliktilik
Mother with Child (n.d.) Stone and glass beads
Courtesy IAF

KayakjuakSilasMotherAndChild

Silas Kayakjuak Mother and Child (n.d.) Antler 5 x 3 x 3.5 in
courtesy spirit wrestler gallery

KalvakHelenTheLittleHunter2

Helen Kalvak
The Little Hunter (1982) Stonecut 38.5 x 41.5 cm
Courtesy Canadian Arctic Producers

GauthierBillyMotherAndChild

Billy Gauthier
Mother and Child (n.d.) Serpentine and alabaster 11 x 9 x 4 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery

ArnaktauyokGermaineQuietTime

Germaine Arnaktauyok
Quiet Time (2005) Etching and Aquatint 19.5 x 18 in
Courtesy Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

MassieMichaelNightmaresofAmayugyug

Michael Massie
Nightmares of Amayugyug (n.d.) Anhydrite, bone, ebony, lignum vitae, mahogany and bloodwood 15.5 x 10.75 x 7.75 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery

MamnguqsualakVictoriaTheBearCaresAdoptiveMother

Victoria Mamnguqsualak
The Bear Cares Adoptive Mother (1990) Print
Courtesy IAF

IyaitukMattiusiMymotherKeptMeWarmInHerAmauti

Mattiusi Iyaituk
My Mother Kept Me Warm in Her Amauti (n.d.) Serpentine 10 x 7 x 4.5 in
Courtesy Spirit Wrestler Gallery