Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

The Inuit Imagination: Arctic Myth and Sculpture


  • Medium: softcover
  • Size: 12 × 9 inches, 224 pages

In myth, story, and song, the Inuit record day-to-day life and special events, celebrate their folk heroes, teach their children, and invoke the aid of the spirit world. And through the millennia and across the expanse that extends from the polar ice fields south to the 60th Parallel, the Inuit have embodied their beliefs in art. The Inuit Imagination combines contemporary Inuit sculpture with the traditional stories, songs, and oral reminiscences that give meaning and cultural context to this internationally popular and flourishing form. Over 170 photographs of extraordinary art works, all of them chosen from important collections, including those of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, demonstrate how closely the art and mythology of the north remain rooted in traditional culture.

  • Foreword by George Swinton
  • Published in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre
  • Published in USA by University of Washington Press