Inukjuak Relocation Mask
David Neel is a Northwest Coast Native multi-media artist. He is a fifth generation Kwakiutl (Kwakwak'awakw) artist whose predecessors include: Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. He apprenticed with traditional Kwakiutl master carvers from Alert Bay, in addition to studying the works of Haida, Tsimshian, Tlingit and Salish artists in numerous museum collections internationally. As a Native American artist he works in jewelry engraving, wood carving and canvas painting; and his works in in numerous public collections.
In the 1950s, the Canadian government relocated 19 Inuit families from Inukjuak to Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord to the High Arctic, a distance of 1200 km. They had no prior experience in living in the high arctic and survival was extremely difficult.
The federal government wanted “Canadians” in the high arctic to support their territorial claim. In 2010 the Canadian government acknowledged the injustice and formally apologized.
This mask symbolized this event and the Inuit people of Inukjuak, Quebec.
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Alder Wood. Caribou Bone. Acrylic Paint. Goose Feathers. Canadian Currency. Cedar Bark. Horse Hair
24" x 17" x 7"