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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 7 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Tupilak

TRADITIONAL ART OF GREENLAND

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If you visit the island of Kalaalit Nunaat (also known as Greenland), you will be delighted by the astonishing variety of Inuit artistry, which includes tupilaks, small grotesque figures carved in narwhal or walrus tooth, whale ivory, or reindeer antler. A tupilak can function as a highly charged man-made object, a spectral being, or a restless soul of the deceased. Tupilaks became popular trade items after contact was made between indigenous peoples and European explorers ...

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