Welcome to Nunavut! Here you can find fun facts about this special territory in an effort to spread cultural awareness all over the world. Have a look around, and ᐃᓅᓯᖃᑦᓯᐊᖅ (Cheers)!

Posted at 12:22am.

"The parka, it is said, was made for Qingailisaq, a shaman, after meeting a group of ijiqqat (humanlike supernatural beings). The parka’s elaborate design, with contrasting white and dark caribou fur, resembles that of the garments worn by these ijiqqat. In one account of the meeting, the hands represent the shaman being attacked by the ijiqqat. In another account, the shaman mistakes the ijiqqat for caribou and kills one of them, who on death transforms into a human woman. Here, the human figure represents the dead baby of this ijiqqat-woman, who had been pregnant.” -The British Museum, “Clothing in the Arctic” exhibit

Posted at 10:18am.

"The parka, it is said, was made for Qingailisaq, a shaman, after meeting a group of ijiqqat (humanlike supernatural beings). The parka’s elaborate design, with contrasting white and dark caribou fur, resembles that of the garments worn by these ijiqqat. In one account of the meeting, the hands represent the shaman being attacked by the ijiqqat. In another account, the shaman mistakes the ijiqqat for caribou and kills one of them, who on death transforms into a human woman. Here, the human figure represents the dead baby of this ijiqqat-woman, who had been pregnant.” -The British Museum, “Clothing in the Arctic” exhibit

Definitely worthy of greater attention, take a look at Iqqaumavara:

“The IQQAUMAVARA project (which means I remember in Inuktitut) began after the 2009 release of the documentary feature Martha of the North. The film, which I directed and co-wrote with Martha Flaherty, tells the story of her family’s forced relocation from Inukjuak to Grise Fiord in the Extreme Arctic.” — Marquise Lepage

Posted at 5:17pm.

For lots more pictures, news, and Arctic related information, “like” the Arctic Culture Forum’s facebook page!

Posted at 1:30pm.

theolduvaigorge:

Inuit carved figures (20th century):

  1. Top: Caribou; antler (Canada, Nunavut, Pelly Bay; 1954)
  2. Second rowSeagull with fish, Inuki; ivory  (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1951)
  3. Third row left:  Seal; ivory (United States, Alaska; 20th century)
  4. Third row right: Seal; Walrus ivory (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; 18th-19th century)
  5. Fourth row: Seal; Caribou antler and ink (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1952)
  6. Fifth row left: Walrus, Annawakalook; ivory and ink (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1950)
  7. Fifth row right: Wolf; antler (Canada, Nunavut, Pelly Bay; 1954)
  8. Bottom: Bear, Marion Wenaka; ivory (United States, Alaska; 20th century)

See also:

(Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City).

Posted at 9:08pm.

Seal hunt supporters will not take Ellen DeGeneres's opposition lying down.

First, a Newfoundland artist carved the daytime TV host’s face into a sealskin pelt.

Now, Inuit are striking back against her with “#Sealfies,” in which people tweet pictures of themselves in sealskin furs to counter DeGeneres’s activism against what she calls “one of the most atrocious and inhumane acts against animals allowed by any government.”

The protest was promoted early on by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, an Inuk filmmaker from Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Though she considers herself an “Ellen” fan, she was disappointed when she requested that Samsung donate $1.5 million to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization that is vocally opposed to the seal hunt, after she took the record-breaking “Oscars selfie" with one of the tech giant’s phones.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Arnaquq-Baril encouraged people to take pictures of themselves wearing sealskins and to tweet them at DeGeneres’s Twitter account with the “#Sealfie” hashtag.

Seal meat is a staple food for Inuit and they should have the right to make a living off their animals just like anyone else, she told The Canadian Press.

Meanwhile, in an interview with QMI Agency, Inuk seamstress Sandi Vincentchallenged DeGeneres’s assertion that hunting seals is “inhumane.”

"In Inuit culture, it is believed seals and other animals have souls and offer themselves to you. Humanely and with gratitude we accepted this gift," she said.

The hashtag has generated over 100 tweets. Most participants posted photos of themselves wearing sealskin clothing:

Others posted pictures of themselves harvesting seals:

In Iqaluit, over two dozen people gathered at the Four Corners to take a Sealfie together on Thursday, CBC News reported:

The hashtag came amid revelations that Inuit go hungry more than any otherindigenous people in a developed country.

The Council of Canadian Academies reported that 35 per cent of Inuit households in Nunavut don’t have enough food to eat, while 76 per cent of preschoolers skip meals and 60 per cent have gone a day without eating.

Posted at 9:05pm.

Here’s a great description of that iconic Inuit blade, the ulu. Learn about its origin, use, and place in the lives of the people of Nunavut.

Posted at 7:20pm.

A beautiful example of Inuit craftsmanship, here is a “Ceramic Panel Mosaic” courtesy of Institute for Northern Studies fonds, University of Saskatchewan Archives.

Posted at 12:58pm.

A beautiful example of Inuit craftsmanship, here is a “Ceramic Panel Mosaic” courtesy of Institute for Northern Studies fonds, University of Saskatchewan Archives.

For those looking to get into the Christmas spirit, here’s a video showing photos of Nunavut set to Kenny Miansoum’s rendition of “Silent Night” (courtesy of Krystyanne88).

Posted at 8:53pm.

terresauvage:

Unknown, possibly Bering Sea Artist

Ten Miniature Amulets, n.d.

Posted at 5:15pm.

terresauvage:

Unknown, possibly Bering Sea Artist
Ten Miniature Amulets, n.d.

CBC News covers the recent Nunavut elections, including photos of the events.

Posted at 2:09pm.

larisej:

Earlier in the year, an Inuit art exhibit took place in Ottawa, Canada, highlighting contemporary works of Inuit art.

This piece was the highlight of the exhibition, which represented  both the beauty and environmental factors of a melting glacier.

The massive installation Iluliaq, which means

More information in the article below. Rights given to respective persons.

http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674inuit_artists_prominent_in_prestigious_international_exhibition/

Posted at 8:36pm.

Here is a video showing a group of dancers at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. They mix modern and traditional by performing a hip hop number with Inuit drums. 

Posted at 10:17am.

terresauvage:

Unknown Inuit artist

Igloo Scene, c.1950

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One of the most frustrating things about researching Inuit art was that in the beginning, people did not think of these sculptures as fine art, but crafts so nobody bothered to write any artist names down. Sometimes artists inscribed works with their disc numbers (numbers assigned to individual Inuit by the Canadian government in lieu of their names because white people found them too difficult to pronounce/write down). The database of these numbers are now classified because the government is embarrassed of how dehumanizing this was.This leaves it so that there is no way for scholars like me to find out who created beautiful sculptures like the one above.

Posted at 7:24pm.

terresauvage:

Unknown Inuit artist
Igloo Scene, c.1950
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One of the most frustrating things about researching Inuit art was that in the beginning, people did not think of these sculptures as fine art, but crafts so nobody bothered to write any artist names down. Sometimes artists inscribed works with their disc numbers (numbers assigned to individual Inuit by the Canadian government in lieu of their names because white people found them too difficult to pronounce/write down). The database of these numbers are now classified because the government is embarrassed of how dehumanizing this was.This leaves it so that there is no way for scholars like me to find out who created beautiful sculptures like the one above.