Tuppaungai (Tapaungai) Qatsiya

Cape Dorset - Kinngait

Tuppaungai has carved since the age of nine. He learned by watching both his parents carve (Qabaroak Qatsija and Ekallu Etungat Qatsija), as well as his grandfather Abraham Etungat.

He likes to challenge himself so carves many works of different subjects and enjoys the interplay of texture across many of his pieces. He likes making things and, although young, his work conveys honesty and genuineness of intent.

Serpentine is a rock with composition similar to that of Jade, it is quarried on Baffin Island as well as many locations around the world. It is a very hard stone that requires more artistic virtuosity to carve than the softer soapstone; it offers the opportunity to achieve flowing forms, lines bold and delicate, as well as glistening, elegant finishes. Sites for finding the stone are many miles east of Dorset.