Joe Kiloonik – Shaman Calling Animals

Joe Kiloonik
Inuit- Gjoa Haven, 1938-2011

Shaman Calling Animals


A self-taught artist from Taloyoak (Spence Bay), Nunavut Territory, Joe Kiloonik began carving in the 1970s and developed an original style that distinguishes him among artists of his native Qitirmiut (Kitikmeot) region. His understated figures, imbued with subtle humor, evoke a mystical feeling. He worked with meticulous care to express his dream-like view of beings that hover between the perceptible, tangible world and the unknown spirit realm.