Whale bone carving on display

  • Aug. 24, 2009 5:00 a.m.

The large Blue Whale bone given by the Kaay Centre to a family of Inuit carvers in 2008 is back. But now it’s a beautiful 5 and a half foot carving! The Ashoona family, originally from Baffin Island, gave the carving back to the Centre on July 31. The carving, titled Sedna’s Journey to Haida Gwaii, tells a story of an Inuit mermaid who made her way to Haida Gwaii, and is now here to stay said the museum’s curator Kwiaahwah Jones.The carving boasts elk antler and abalone accents, and is the largest piece the Ashoona family has carved to date. The mermaid was carved and completed at the heritage centre this summer by the family, which will also be donating another carving once it’s complete. Now on display at the Kaay Centre, the mermaid has been appraised between $20,000 and $25,000.