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Norman Hallendy

(1932- )

Norman Hallendy’s experiences are as diverse as his interests. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in the field of industrial design, he carried out graduate studies in Sweden, Italy and Switzerland. He then spent his entire working career as a senior civil servant for the Government of Canada, contributing directly to the formulation of public policy aimed at improving conditions for the Inuit throughout the North. He was also the senior vice-president of one of Canada’s largest Crown corporations, where he exerted much influence in improving housing policies and delivery programs. His responsibilities while working in the Department of Northern Affairs and the National Film Board of Canada allowed him to contribute to the development and worldwide recognition of Inuit art.

Norman Hallendy has received the Rowney Prize, the Canada Council Explorations Grant, the Eaton Scholarship, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fraser Lectureship, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal and, most recently, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Mungo Park Medal for his outstanding contribution to ethnogeography. He has given lectures at numerous universities in Canada, the United States and beyond, including both Cambridge and Oxford. When not in the Arctic, he lives in the village of Carp, about fifty-five kilometres outside of Ottawa, Canada. To his Inuit friends he is simply known as Apirsuqti, “the inquisitive one.”

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Spirit Wrestler Gallery

47 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 1A1

Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
Phone: 604-669-8813


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3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.

Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5