Joe Obed is an Inuit and has written a bit about himself.... he is from "Hopedale Labrador. Born and raised there. Been carving since 1999. I work with stone and antler. It's all hand carved and original work. I have work ranging from animals to drum-dancers. Sold my work around the world."
A polar bear of black serpentine on a marble base by Joe Obed, Inuit sculptor. The bear is in alert hunting stance. The serpentine has white lines, streaks and a few white areas ... Great inclusions in the black stone.
This Innuit hunter has had a successful hunt, a seal carcass is on the front of the kayak, lying on it's back. There is an inflated seal bladder on the back of the kayak and a hunting knife on one side. The Inuit/Eskimo believe the seal's "soul" resides in it's bladder and so inflate the bladder to honor the seal. There is an annual festival of inflated seal bladders.
This hummingbird is carved of marble and has a moosehorn (antler) beak (and a moosehorn (antler) support connects it to it's base. Joe Obed, Inuit sculptor has captured this hummingbird mid-hover. Joe is a traditional Inuit carver, using a few simple lines to capture the complicated essense of the creatures he sculpts.
This little Inukshuk by Joe Obed, Inuit is of black serpentine stone - a hard stone to carve. An Inukshuk is a structure of rough stones stacked in the form of a human figure, traditionally used by Inuit people as a landmark or a commemorative sign. The full size Inukshuk are built throughout the arctic in the most northern areas of North American (including Canada).
This walrus ivory set was bought by a soldier stationed in Alaska during WW II. He brought this and other Eskimo crafts back to his Maine home. Alaskan natives saw the potential for the sale of their traditional items and items made for "tourists" with the influx of over 22,000 military personal into Alaska during the war.
Figure of a hunter wearing a walrus head like a hat and cape over the hunter's head. Carved of new walrus ivory with sinew and baleen by well known Eskimo artist, Ray Toolie.
Napkin ring of walrus ivory with scrimshaw walrus head and letter dated 1916
Swimming polar bear of new walrus ivory with baleen eyes and nose by Eskimo/Yup'ik carver Mark Napowtuk.
A shaman face sculpture made from a whale vertebra and new walrus ivory by Eskimo sculpture Bellarmin Ayek Seeganna of Kings Island Alaska.