Ovilu Tunnille b. 1949 -
Andrew Gordon Bay
"I am a carver. I like the beauty of serpentine, I like carving it.
From it (carving) I don't make a great deal (of money), but I am able
to support my family by carving.....I remember being south when I was a
child. After being there for a long time I returned north. Going back
home, I remember seeing the rocks, different shapes of rock that I
admire. At that time I didn't know I could carve, but by watching my
father, Toonoo, I learned. I loved my father's carvings. From there I
began to learn to carve, always noticing the beauty and shapes of the
rocks.....At one time, when I was younger, I was shy, almost embarrassed
to carve. If a woman was a carver it was a very unusual thing. People
would see it as man's work, but today the woman has to be recognized
more. Women are homemakers and mothers, but also women are carvers now.
I want women to be strong, to try and use their talents."
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It's definitely worth a visit!
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Used by kind permission.