In the sculpture “The Look of Confi dence Was Apparent (As He Was About to Strike),” an Inuit hunter holds a “kakivak,” a type of harpoon, with a shaft made of moose bone and a silver trident tip. His knife in his hand is a replica of the full-size, traditional knives his grandfather taught him how to make. Looking at the hunter’s face, “you have that feeling that he knew he was going to get it,” says sculptor Michael Massie (Labrador Inuit/Métis/Scottish). The piece is on display in the ongoing exhibition “Ancestral Connections” at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.
“The Look of Confi dence Was Apparent (As He Was About to Strike),” 2004, Michael Massie (Labrador Inuit/Métis/Scottish). Made of limestone, cocobolo wood, walrus ivory, moose bone and sinew. 15.5" x 10.4" x 5.8", gift of R.E. Mansfi eld to NMAI, 2006. 26/5812