Ame Papatsie uses art to share his Inuit culture with the people of Guelph – GuelphToday

by ahnationtalk on July 22, 201913 Views

‘I want to show people who I am and where I come from,’ says Ame Papatsie

Ame Papatsie’s art hangs in big city galleries, on the walls of fancy hotels, on commissioned medals for soccer championships and can be seen in a National Film Board short.

But today he’s laughing about selling works for $5.

That’s what a young boy recently offered for one of his original paintings, a swimming polar bear, at a local art show.

“What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t say no,” says Papatsie. “It was $50 but I sold it to him for $5. He was six or seven. It was so cute.”

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