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Adamie of Povungnituk

Nationality: Canadian

The collection's small sculpture by this artist is an example of Inuit art, still widely produced today by numerous artists in Arctic North America who are faithful to traditional themes, motifs and materials going back many generations. The artist who made it belonged to a community in Northern Quebec called Povungnituk, one of many settlements created in the late nineteen forties with support from the Canadian Government. These communities were encouraged to produce and sell carvings and prints as a source of income. In the case of Povungnituk, a catholic mission founded by Father André Steinman in 1956 helped to set up a successful co-operative of carvers, now part of a wider federation.

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