Chris Kalluk’s video takes viewers into life in Nunavut.”One man’s walk in the Canadian North can now be enjoyed by people worldwide”
"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
Inuit carved figures (20th century):
- Top: Caribou; antler (Canada, Nunavut, Pelly Bay; 1954)
- Second row: Seagull with fish, Inuki; ivory (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1951)
- Third row left: Seal; ivory (United States, Alaska; 20th century)
- Third row right: Seal; Walrus ivory (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; 18th-19th century)
- Fourth row: Seal; Caribou antler and ink (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1952)
- Fifth row left: Walrus, Annawakalook; ivory and ink (Canada, Baffin Island, Nunavut; ca. 1950)
- Fifth row right: Wolf; antler (Canada, Nunavut, Pelly Bay; 1954)
- Bottom: Bear, Marion Wenaka; ivory (United States, Alaska; 20th century)
- Auger, E.E. 2004. The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic. MacFardland Press.
- Crandall, R.C. 1999. Inuit Art: A History. MacFarland Press.
- Graburn, N.H.H. 1987. “Inuit Art and the Expression of Eskimo Identity,” American Review of Canadian Studies 17(1).
- Graburn, N.H.H. 2004. “Authentic Inuit Art Creation and Exclusion in the Canadian North,” Journal of Material Culture 9(2):141-159.
- Graburn, N. 2004. “Inuksuk: Icon of the Inuit of Nunavut,” Art et Représentation 28(1):69-82.
- Philips, R.B and Steiner, C.B.1999. Unpacking Culture - Art and Commodity in colonial and Postcolonial Worlds. University of California Press.
- Pupchek, L.S. 2001. “True North: Inuit Art and the Canadian Imagination,” American Review of Canadian Studies 31(1-2):191-208.
- Ray, D.J. 1996. A Legacy of Arctic Art. University of Washington Press.
(Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City).
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).
Unknown, possibly Bering Sea Artist
Ten Miniature Amulets, n.d.
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.
More information in the article below. Rights given to respective persons.
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.
Unknown Inuit artist
Igloo Scene, c.1950
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.