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Qalupiluk, 1991

Manasie Akpaliapik
Canadian (Inuit), 1955
limestone, white stone, black stone, antler, and ivory
47.4 x 25.7 x 32.2 cm
Purchased 1991
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35918)

Qalupiluk, a legendary sea monster, captures disobedient children who wander out onto the shifting sea ice, trapping them in the hood of its parka. The artist sees in this traditional tale a metaphor for the problems- unemployment, drugs, alcohol - faced by young Inuit today, which lure them into new and dangerous territory.

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