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John Terriak
John Terriak

The polar bear monitor during our second 2008 Northern Labrador Polar Bear Expedition was John Terriak, one of Canada’s most celebrated Inuit carvers. John’s commitment to his traditional lifestyle made him a feature in a National Geographic article during the 1970s while his art and stories have inspired articles written by cultural anthropologists and collectors of aboriginal art.
John’s respect for nature drew him to carving. His art features breathtaking interpretations of animals and his culture’s relationship to nature. The majority of John’s carvings are of soapstone from north of Nain. He also works with whale bone, caribou bone, and ivory. John finishes all of his work with his “J.T.” and his own Weasel etching which symbolizes the translation of “Terriak” from his Native Inuktitut.
Our future northern Labrador expeditions with John will let him introduce you to the Inuit language, culture and traditions of Labrador’s north coast. His experiences on the land and with his dog teams makes our exclusive Wildland Tours programs in Northern Labrador a wonderful, authentic travel experience.
A selection of John’s artwork can be viewed at Wild Things (124 Water Street) while an enchanting collection of Inuit stories as told to John by his father is woven into the many authentic local tales we share with our guests during our Newfoundland and Labrador escorted vacations.