Singing and Drumming Sounds from the Shaman, 2000
Canadian (Inuit), 1950
limestone, caribou antler, musk-ox hair, sinew, india ink
77.5 x 42.5 x 40 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41061)
Iyaituk is well known for his ability to create assemblages that combine traditional Inuit sculpting techniques with foreign materials. This particular piece refers to Inuit shamanism and is exceptional for the artist's abstract interpretation of the subject matter. He places an antler at the side of the body to suggest a drum. The undulating, branching form of a second antler, placed at the mouth of the shaman, conveys the soft chanting rhythm of Inuit songs.