Makituk Pingwartuk – Bird and Chicks

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These ceramic birds was sculpted by Kingnait (Cape Dorset) artist Makituk Pingwartuk while a student at Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC. While we are tempted to think of them as owls, they do not completely conform to the way owls are represented and thus they may be some other species, perhaps most likely ptarmigan. Signed on the inside of base.

  • Length (wingtip to wingtip) – 7 inches (~18 cm)
  • Width (head to toe) – 4 ½ inches (~11 cm)
  • Thickness (anterior to posterior) – 2 ½ inches (~6 cm)

This is part of a series that details the collection of my wife’s family, made while they too lived in Nelson and were friends with Makituk.

More information about Makituk and this collection can be found in my initial post in this series, at this link.


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For larger views open gallery below by clicking anywhere in it and navigate with arrows.


All images in this post and series are copyrighted and may not be used without permission except by Makituk’s family members, though we would love to hear from any family that choose to contact us (contact:


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