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Tamaani | Here Inuit art exhibit

Teach students about the rich art and culture of the Inuit of Canada and inspire further learning with our collection of 12 stone sculptures carved by artists from different regions of Nunavut.

The Tamaani | Here portable exhibit is available for lending to teachers, schools and educational organizations in Calgary and area.

It arrives complete with:

  • Up to four secure display cases, each with three original stone carvings
  • Display boards with information about each sculptural grouping
  • Written information package with curatorial notes and additional resources
  • Descriptions of how four sculptural grouping themes are significant to Inuit culture, folklore, symbolism and cosmology:
    • Sedna: The sea being
    • Dancing Bear: Power and grace and the next generation
    • Transformation: We are all equal to animals
    • Mother and Child: Carrying life

For more information and to book this important educational resource for your classroom, email indigenouspublicart@calgary.ca

Curatorial message

In consultation with the Nunavut-based Elder community, the Tamaani | Here exhibit of stone sculptures was curated by Sophia Lebessis, Canada’s first Inuk to own an Inuit art gallery. Sophia has dedicated more than twenty years to promoting Inuit art. She is a speaker, curator, producer and the owner of Transformation Fine Art.

In the words of the curator, “Tamaani | Here is a starting point with which to relook at Inuit art, not as a homogenous art form, but the land coming to life, bringing one into the imagination of an artist's relationship with the environment that has shaped them. I draw from the words of wisdom of my mother, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, who comes from a long line of cultural knowledge-keepers. From Here, I hope that in your future encounters with Inuit art, you will see how artists from different regions of Nunavut have carved out their own distinct style from a shared understanding.” 

Photography by Alana Bluebird-One Spot

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