Carving Arctic harmony
NWT sculptors gear up for Quebec Winter Carnival

by Janet Smellie
Northern News Services

NNSL (Nov 14/97) - The NWT snow-sculpting team has created its entry for this year's Carnival de Quebec in Quebec City.

Dolphus Cadieux, Pierre Lepage and Bill Nasogaloak make up the team that will compete in the national sculpting competition in February in an event that attracts 80,000 people annually.

Similar to last year, the team has created a kitchen lard prototype of what they will actually sculpt come February.

This prototype will be displayed across Yellowknife in the coming weeks while the team signs up its sponsors.

Arctic Harmony features a grand snowscape with polar bears roaming the land under the dancing Northern Lights. On the back of the snow sculpture will be an inukshuk, which the team sees as an important symbol as Canada heads into a new millennium.

"Our participation in the carnival encourages people from around the world to visit the Northwest Territories," says team member Pierre Lepage.

"We compete because we love the experience. There is no cash prize, but if we win at the national level, we will be allowed to compete at the national level, and Team Canada will be Team NWT."