Anilnik Peelaktoak was born at Avaraqruq near the community of Pangnirtung. As a child he lived on the land with his mily lea ing the Inuit way of life. His father taught him the intricacies of hunting and fishing and respect for the land and animals. After finishing his education, Peelaktoak worked in a variety of jobs until the early 1990s when he rediscovered his passion for carving, an occasional occupation for much of his life. His powerful works are visions of traditional Inuit ways. Images of wildlife exhibit an intimate knowledge of each animal, and family scenes recall memories of his early life on the land. He now lives in Iqaluit with his family.
Anilnik carved this diving seal out of a colorful piece of Serpentine. He beautifully captured movement and form which reveals his intimate knowledge of arctic wildlife.
The piece measures approximately 10″ x 10″ x 3″.