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Inuit Arts Festival at Concordia – Montreal Rampage

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201856 Views

July 10, 2018

Among Canada’s Indigenous peoples are the Inuit, who are technically considered separate from our more locally encountered First Nations. Because most of us don’t get up to Nunavut and destinations north very often, Inuit art, film, and culture has to come to us. Montreal is lucky that the FOFA gallery is home to Tillitarniit, a festival featuring Inuit storytellers, art works, and more, curated by Inuk curator Asinnajaq in partnership with the Avataq Cultural Institute. This year’s theme is “It is said to happen from time to time,” which is the traditional way of opening an Inuk story — setting it not in the past (our “once upon a time”), but as an ongoing cyclical event.

In particular, Elisapee Inukpuk’s dolls related to 26 Inuit stories and songs are the focus of the art exhibition. Inukpuk takes spring grass as a base for the doll, and then sews the body together using caribou and sealskin. Adding clothing turns the doll into a person. At the exhibition opening, storytellers will be present to further animate the dolls’ stories.

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