This display features a few of the outstanding sculptures by Inuit artists in the permanent collection of the WAG. The most common mate rial used by Inuit artists is stone\, and the type of stone is dependent up on what can be hand-quarried locally. Some communities have only small depo sits of carving stone nearby and artists often resort to using organic mate rials\, such as ivory\, antler\, and whale bone. Artists such as Charlie Ug yuk from Taloyoak have become known for their expressive use of ancient wha le bone left on the tundra by their predecessors.


Most of the sculp tures in this display have subject matter relating to traditional shamanic legends and beliefs. Two works by Aqjangajuk Shaa and Manasie Akpaliapik de pict the powerful female sea spirit\, known variously as Sedna\, Taleelayuk \, or Nuliajuk. Several other pieces show shamans partially transformed int o the spirits of their animal helpers: walrus\, caribou\, and bird. One wor k by Abraham Anghik Ruben symbolizes the death/rebirth ritual of a shaman&r squo\;s apprentice. One of the fascinations of Inuit sculpture is observing how the intrinsic qualities of the various carving materials are used to c reate unique and evocative artworks.

LOCATION:Winnipeg Art Gallery\,300 Memorial Boulevard \nWinnipeg\, Manitoba R3C 1V1Canada SUMMARY:Highlights of Inuit Sculpture\, Manasie Akpaliapik\, Davidee Itulu\ , Abraham Anghik Ruben\, Aqjangajuk Shaa\, Charlie Ugyuk END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR