Amayuqyuq and Qallupilluq, 1996
whale bone, antler
(a) Figure: 30.5 x 14.5 x 8.5 cm; (b) Figure: 26.5 x 12.5 x 7.5 cm; (c) Mask: 8.5 x 9.2 x 2.6 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation Inc.
Judas Ullulaq dominated sculpture production in the Kitikmeot region from the 1980s until his death in 1999. His flamboyant subjects are characterized by staring, inlaid eyes, flaring nostrils, and huge mouths, a style influenced by his talented nephew Karoo Ashevak. When Ullulaq moved from Taloyoak to Gjoa Haven in 1984, his exuberant sculpture in both bone and stone became a creative inspiration in that community as well. Amayuqyuq means “kidnapper of little children.” The story of Amayuqyuq was told to children to keep them from wandering too far from the camp and getting into danger from wild animals like polar bears or wolves, or from getting lost on the tundra.