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Inuit youth conquer and brighten an urban wall

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From left, Cie Taqiasaq, Parr Etidloie, Audi Qinnuayuaq and Latch Akesuk, stand in front of the completed mural they designed and painted onto the side of a building in downtown Toronto. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Article by: SARAH ROGERS
Read the full article at Nunatsiaq Online

Cape Dorset artists Audi Qinnuayuaq, Latch Akesuk, Cie Taqiasaq and Parr Etidloie just completed one of the biggest projects of their lives: a giant, colourful mural on the side of a youth hostel in downtown Toronto.

The image, which easily grabs the attention of hostel guests, pedestrians and drivers stopped at red rights, portrays a Cape Dorset elder — Parr Etidloie’s grandfather, Etulu — carrying a broken-down snowmobile on his back.

It’s a story Etidloie heard often growing up; one he thought made the stuff of legends, and apparently, urban street art.

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