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Ice-Carving Competition goes virtual

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Derrald Taylor at work on his sculpture As Spirit Told for the Winterlude 2021 virtual National Ice-Carving Competition. © Derrald Taylor

This year, the first‐ever virtual Winterlude National Ice‐Carving Competition was held simultaneously in seven cities across Canada: Yellowknife, Banff/Lake Louise, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Gatineau, Québec and Halifax. From January 8 to 10, within 28 hours, seven sculptors across Canada worked with blocks of ice to create a work of art based on the theme “Winter fun”. 

The entry from Yellowknife was from Derrald Taylor. Derrald Taylor is an Inuvialuit carver who specializes in soapstone sculptures of Arctic animals, legends, traditional hunters and Inuvialuit dancers. 

He describes his sculpture As Spirit Told: The spirit drum dancer is singing of our culture and customs and how our ancestors lived thousands of years ago. The Dancing Scarf Child is mimicking the spirit drum dancers’ stories being told. Even the Polar Bear celebrates with toys that were made from animals and materials from the land. Mother Earth is splendid!