spiriting away

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The spiriting away of Indian children from their families was common in the 1950s and into the 1970s, said advocates who have acted on behalf of missing Indian children.
Reminiscent of James Ensor's work, the haunting Untitled (Woman with Three Figures), 1992, depicts a rouged and hooded wraith spiriting away a group of smaller, equally hideous creatures.