Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Inuit Art & Artifacts Discovered In Vatican

A collection of Inuit art and artifacts have been discovered in the Vatican, 80 years after being taken from Canada's Arctic. The pieces, acquired for an exhibition in 1925, have been in storage in Rome ever since. Some objects,including a kayak from the Western Arctic, are very rare. They were uncovered last fall when a Toronto business person decided to investigate the collection. Ken Lister from the Royal Ontario Museum also looked over the artifacts. He says poor documentation makes it difficult to find who took the items or where they came from. He's hoping to get a loan to be able to examine them further. He says the Vatican seemed interested in the possibility. See north.cbc.ca for full story.

For contemporary Inuit art, see Free Spirit Gallery Inuit Art

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