Photograph by Parks Canada
Hunters with Seal/Hunter in Kayak
by Jim Maunder and Michael Massie
Phillip's Garden, Port au Choix National Historic Site, Port au Choix
Point Riche Road, Port au Choix, NL A0K 4C0
Two in a series of collaborative artworks by Labrador artist Michael Massie and Newfoundland artist Jim Maunder are located along the Phillip's Garden Trail on the north side of the Point Riche Peninsula. Archaeological excavations indicated Phillip's Garden was a prime location for hunting and harvesting harp seals for food, shelter, clothing and tools. The two steel sculptures depict harp seal hunting as a way of life for the Dorset people, who inhabited the place more than 2,000 years ago.
Follow the links to learn about the site's occupants: the Maritime Archaic people, Groswater Palaeoeskimo, Dorset Palaeoeskimo, and more recent Indigenous groups.
Jim Maunder was born in St. John’s, NL. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, he has been making sculptures, drawings and paintings for over 30 years, including several large public sculptures in St. John’s and Port au Choix, NL. His work has shown in St. John’s, Halifax, Toronto, St. Catharines, Hamilton, New York and Tokyo, and is held in private collections in Canada and the U.S., as well as the collections of the governments of St. John’s, of Newfoundland and Labrador, and of Canada. His themes include an exploration of the complexities of the interaction between humans and the natural environment. Maunder currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario and spends part of his year in St. John’s. He is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s and TAG Gallery in St. Catharines. His website is www.jimmaunder.ca