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Colourful expressions of the Greenlandic mask

Black and red paint covered the faces of Nunavut Sivuniksavut college students following Greenlandic mask workshops held with instructor Vivi Sorensen on Jan. 18 and 25.

"Students learned about this unique art form and enjoyed pushing their boundaries," college staff stated of the experience.

Greenlandic masks, usually accompanied by energetic and expressive dancing, are an ancient form of communicating and entertaining.

From left, Nunavut Sivuniksavut students Ashley Kalluk, Lakeisha Flynn and Darcy Nowdlak look fierce. Nunavut Sivuniksavut photo
Nunavut Sivuniksavut students Julie Alivaktuk and Shelton Nipisar ham it up while sporting their Greenlandic masks. Nunavut Sivuniksavut photo
This group of Nunavut Sivuniksavut students exudes energy. Front row, from left, Ashley Kalluk, Julie Alivaktuk, Lakeisha Flynn and Shelton Nipisar. Back row, from left, Billy Jay Ammaq, Darcy Nowdlak, Angel Ootoova, Mary Sarah Nikki-Pisco, Cecile Lyall, Shelby Angalik, Charlotte Iblauk and Vivi Sørensen. Nunavut Sivuniksavut photo
Nunavut Sivuniksavut student Tia Adams has some fun with her face paint. Nunavut Sivuniksavut photo
With pursed lips and bulging cheeks, Melissa Irwin can hardly suppress her smile. Nunavut Sivuniksavut photo


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