Cultural Representation at the Wellness Centre generously funded, in part, by Iskueteu, A Limited Partnership
November 1, 2021
(The Cahill Group, Switch Electric Inc., Max Penashue, Bart Jack Jr.)
- November 1, 2021
Hand crafted canoe and painting
This beautiful canoe was built by master canoe builder Joe Goudie of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. The canoe represents a unique partnership between Joe and renowned artist Mary Ann Penashue of Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Labrador. Joe hand-crafted the 15-foot canoe from eastern white cedar and canvas. Mary Ann hand-painted symbols that are important to the Innu culture, including an eagle feather, an eagle’s eye, a doe caribou with her pricket, and a Canada goose with her goslings.
The canoe is a solo model, one seat canoe, called ‘The Wisp’. The model was designed by Jerry Stelmok of Island Falls Canoe in Atkinson, Maine, where Joe trained to build canoes in 1997. Joe Goudie is of Inuit and Innu ancestry and born in 1939 in the small community of Mud Lake. Mary Ann Penashue is an Innu artist born in 1964 on Birch Island.
This polar bear was harvested by Perry Voisey of Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, Labrador near a place called Stripes on February 11, 2018. A mature male bear, he measures 8.5 feet or 2.6 metres tall. The taxidermy was done by Rex Jennings of Newfoundland Taxidermy Services Ltd. The polar bear is known as Nanuk to Inuit, and Uapishku to Innu. This special piece was generously donated by Bev Elliot and Barry Callahan of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
This traditional cod trap leader netting was constructed and installed by Richard ‘Dick’ Michelin of North West River, Labrador. Elder Michelin spent many years fishing in Smokey, Cartwright, Black Tickle, and Makkovik on a 34-foot vessel named the MV Darlene Holly, until he had to stop fishing after the 1992 cod fish moratorium. He continues to live closely off the land, and carry on many traditions, including net mending. Richard is of Inuit ancestry and was born in 1947 in North West River.