Aqjangajuk (Axangayu) Shaa
Birds Nesting Colony, n.d.
Aqjangajuk began carving in 1954 at the age of seventeen. He comes from a family of artists, His grandfather is the carver Kiakshuk and his parents, Paunichea and Munamee Davidee, are both artists as well.
This sculpture is a blend of contemporary and traditional Inuit art materials, being made of walrus bone and serpentine. Stone was introduced as a carving material in the 1940s while animal bone has a long history in Inuit art, going back some 4,000 years.