Jan 1 Nov 7 '19
Experience a few stunning carvings from the world-renowned collection Inuit art at the WAG. The most common material used by Inuit artists is stone, and the type of stone is dependent upon what can be hand-quarried locally.

Some communities have only small deposits of carving stone nearby and artists often resort to using organic materials, such as ivory, antler, and whale bone. Artists such as Charlie Ugyuk from Taloyoak have become known for their expressive use of ancient whale bone left on the tundra by their predecessors.

Most of the sculptures in this display have subject matter relating to traditional shamanic legends and beliefs. Two works by Aqjangajuk Shaa and Manasie Akpaliapik depict the powerful female sea spirit, known variously as Sedna, Taleelayuk, or Nuliajuk. Several other pieces show shamans partially transformed into the spirits of their animal helpers: walrus, caribou, and bird. One work by Abraham Anghik Ruben symbolizes the death/rebirth ritual of a shaman’s apprentice. One of the fascinations of Inuit sculpture is observing how the intrinsic qualities of the various carving materials are used to create unique and evocative artworks.

Closed due to COVID-19
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is located on Treaty No. 1 the original lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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