Opening February 7, 2020
Storytelling is one of the most important aspects of Inuit culture, passed down by elders through generations to enrich and enlighten.
The fluid nature of oral culture means details fo certain legends also tend to be ever-evolving. Among the most famous of the vast array of oral storytelling traditions, are those related to the sea spirit known by different regions throughout the Canadian North as Nuliajuk, Taleelayuk, Takannaaluk, Arnajuinnaq, Uinigumasuittuq – or Sedna. In most of these stories, Nuliajuk becomes the guardian of the sea animals, and is a formidable force to be reckoned with should you disrespect her creatures.
This exhibition serves to explore the multiple legends surrounding Nuliajuk and how artists from different communities have expressed them.
Curated by: Jocelyn Piirainen, WAG Assistant Curator of Inuit Art
Supported by: The Learning & Programs Department