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Caring for the Spirit of the art

Elders Clarence and Barbara Nepinak and their daughter Rebecca pictured in front of artworks by Norval Morrisseau

Today was an important day at the WAG. With the leadership of Elders Clarence and Barbara Nepinak and their daughter Rebecca, Ceremony was held in all of the WAG vaults. Every artwork has a Spirit and it is important to honour that Spirit, especially the works in our Inuit art vault. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of Inuit art in the world as well as the Government of Nunavut’s Fine Arts Collection, on long-term loan. The Spirit of each artwork in our collection, especially the Inuit artwork, will be honoured and taken care of in the right way while it is here on Treaty 1 Territory. Prayer with Elders and Medicines will be an ongoing occurrence for all of the art we hold in our building. Thank you to the Nepinaks for leading the prayer and Ceremony today.


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