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Ennutsiak

Untitled (Inuit Bible Class)

Artist

Ennutsiak
Nunavik 1896 – Iqaluit, Nunavut, 1967

Title

Untitled (Inuit Bible Class)

Date

Mid-1960s

Materials

Stone, ivory

Dimensions

8 x 16.5 x 15.3 cm

Credits

Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto, inv. 2018.88

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Like many Inuit artists born in the late nineteenth century, Ennutsiak rendered a number of traditional Inuit lifestyle subjects in his depictions of small groups of people engaged in everyday activities. Ennutsiak’s small-scale stone carvings are almost all little “tableaux” works, comprising seated or crouching figures arranged on a base, engaged in a communal activity. By the early twentieth century Inuit activities on southern Baffin Island, as well as in several other areas of the Canadian Arctic, would have included attending religious services in small Christian churches, where available, or simply in a tent or igloo, thus for Ennutsiak, this was part of his community’s “traditions.”

Courtesy of Inuit Art Foundation

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