La Guilde celebrates the cultural traditions and creative expressions of all Indigenous and Fine Crafts artists of Canada.
La Guilde is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. It is with respect that La Guilde weaves together the past, present, and future in all relationships with Indigenous peoples and other communities within Canada.
Born in Iqaluit (NU), Moe (Mosesie) Pootoogook grew up in Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU). He began carving at the age of 11, learning by observing and applying specific instructions from his father. He uses serpentine, marble, and antler to carve people, animals, and modern-day items such as airplanes and boats. His miniature figures, frequently engaged in action, can be distinguished by their charming and endearing expression. Moe Pootoogook’s work has been shown in galleries around the world and has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Germany, France, and Switzerland.