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Povungnituk Print Making

Perhaps unfairly tainted by the peculiar name of the settlement – Povungnituk translates as 'Place where there is a smell of rotten meat' – Povungnituk print making has long played second fiddle to the works from Cape Dorset and Baker Lake. Povungnituk, also known as POV, is located along the eastern shores of Hudson Bay [...]

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Seams of Cultural Affirmation

Women around the globe have historically used needle and thread to create works on cloth that ultimately serve as strong political aesthetic statements, a reclaiming of culture, values and beliefs filtered through the lens of contemporary life. Jessie Oonark, one of Canada's most prominent 20th century artists, excelled at creating works of this nature. Oonark [...]

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Influences and Interactions

The Unique Regional Styles of Inuit Sculpture Introduction It is commonly agreed that art of any form is directly influenced by the environment in which the artist lives (such as geography, climate, economics) – and the individual creativity of the artist. For example, the richly colourful art of the northwest coast people is a result [...]

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Uluqsaqtuua (Holman Island) Printmaking

Uluqsaqtuua (Holman Island) is situated on the western side of Victoria Island, 925 kilometres north of Yellowknife.  Holman and Cambridge Bay are the island’s main settlements. Uluqsaqtuua means ‘where there is copper’ in Inuktitut. Today’s residents are descendants of the Copper Inuit who, in turn, are thought to be descendants of a group from the [...]

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