Goose by Ottokie Samayualie


Artist: Ottokie Samayualie

Community: Cape Dorset

Year: 2014

Media: Serpentine


This goose has been expertly carved by Ottokie Samayualie. It is a gorgeous serpentine depiction of a common bird. The stone used in the piece is a lovely colour. The pose of the goose is great, and beautifully carved. This is a fantastic piece of Inuit art!

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 9.5 × 2.75 × 5.25 in

About Ottokie Samayualie


Date of Birth: June 17, 1980 Male/Female: Male
Place of Birth: Cape Dorset

Mother: Kuluajuke Tunnillie

Father: Johnny Tunnillie

The community of Cape Dorset boasts more famous artists per capita than any other region in Nunavut. Ottokie is the son of the talented local artists, Johnny and Kuluajuke Tunnillee.

It is not surprising that Ottokie has followed the same artistic path, as in Nunavut, artistic talent is passed on through the family rather than taught in an art academy.

The Cape Dorset sculptural style is a combination of observational naturalism and reduction to stylistic and sometimes abstract forms. This is present in Ottokie’s carvings.

Ottokie takes great care in choosing the stone. His carvings are made of the finest serpentine of varying shades of green and then smoothed and polished to best exhibit the lustre of the stone. Serpentine is a rock with composition similar to that of Jade and is found on Baffin Island. It is a very hard stone that requires more artistic virtuosity to carve than the softer soapstone.


2006 Rhythms in Motion
Galerie d’art Vincent
Ottawa, Ontario
(illustrated catalogue)

December, 2009 Small Sculptures by Great Artists
Feheley Fine Arts
Toronto, Ontario
(illustrated brochure)

October, 2010 Dancing, Drumming, Singing
Canadian Arctic Gallery
Basel, Switzerland

June – September, 2011 Bear Farandole
Kulik Art Inuit
Quebec City. Quebec

October, 2011 Stone and Paper
Cape Dorset 2011
Native Art Gallery
Oakville, ON
(illustrated catalogue)