Enookie AkulukjukPangnirtung, Baffin Island, CanadaPtarmigan in Spring
In a land of snow and rock, Inuit artists work with the limitedmaterials available : bone, ivory, fur and stone.Their preferred medium has been walrus ivory, but since theestablishment of southern markets for Inuit art in 1945,figurative works are carved in relatively soft stone suchas soapstone or serpentinite.Inuit people live in arcticenvironment, in territoriessuch as northern Alaska ,Canada’s Arctic islands,Greenland, and northeastSiberia.
Clyde River, NunavutCanadaCormorant, walrus tusk
Regilee PiungituqClyde River, Nunavut, CanadaBird of prey, whalebone ivory
Arviat, North CanadaFalcon
Yellowknife, CanadaHumpback Whale, carved from Baffin Bay serpentine
Simeonie Killiktee, carver from Kimmirut, Baffin IslandMuskox, soapstone
Iqaluit, Baffin Island, Nunavut - CanadaMusk Ox, serpentine
Muskox , by Lucassie IkkidluakIqaluit, Nunavut, CanadaGreen serpentine stone
Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, NunavutPolar bear hunting
Kimmirut, Baffin Island,CanadaGoose - green serpentinewith quartz inclusions.
Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, CanadaLoon, serpentine
Judah NatanineClyde River, Baffin Island,CanadaSedna and daughter
Looty PijaminiGrise Fjord, Ellesmere island, CanadaSedna, walrus ivory
Looty PijaminiTwo mothers
My first carving was a small arctic fox made of wood, carvedwith a small pocketknife. I learned from my father who wascarving ivory at that time. He would trade these small carvingsto men from the early freighter ships. This was long beforeanyone else was carving...Osuitok Ipeelee(1923-2005)Cape Dorset, Baffin Island
Osuitok IpeeleeProud Owl
Osuitok IpeeleeCaribou, soapstone
Tasiilaq, East GreenlandWooden ivory box
Clyde River, Nunavut, CanadaKamiks - Boots made of sealskin, with intricate design,demonstrating superb workmanship when turned inside out,
Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, CanadaPang hats
Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, CanadaColourful clothing
Ulu knife, sun glassesA traditional Inuit all-purpose knife made with a caribou antler,muskox horn or walrus ivory handle and slate cutting surface.
Lyme Grass BasketsInuit baskets are made of sealyme grass, plentiful andeasy to obtain.These baskets are examples offine hand made inuit crafts.
Pond inlet, Baffin Island, CanadaBasket with otter
Pond inlet, Baffin Island, CanadaBasket with bird
Sarah Appaqaq from, Pond inletBasket withInuk pulling catch
Sarah AppaqaqBasket with Hawk
Basket with Loon
Chesterfield Inlet, NunavutHair CombIvory with black colouring
INUIT PRINTSInuit printmaking art started in the late 1950‘s.The first collection was issued by the Inuit Artists fromCape Dorset, Baffin Island (Canada), in 1960.
Pangnirturg , Baffin Island, CanadaJoy of the Drum Dance
Sedna’s WonderSedna is often mentioned becauseshe is a frequent theme for inuitartists.According to Inuit legend , Sedna isa sea goddess.Sedna was a young girl ; one day,her group was preparing to gohunting on the sea. As she went toclimb into a kayak, some boyspushed her into the sea. She tried tohold onto the kayak to keep fromdrowning, but they chopped off herfingers and Sedna drowned.As she sank deeper into the sea, shebegan to transform into a halfhuman, half sea animal. She wasnow a part of the world underwater;a sea goddess representing andprotecting all sea creatures.
Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, CanadaThree Owls
Cape dorset, Beffin Island, CanadaHawk and Raven
Kenojuak Ashevakborn in 1927Canadian Inuit Printmaker,Cape Dorset, Baffin Island, Canada
Kenojuak AshevakMigrating Birds
Kenojuak AshevakFloral Passage
Kenojuak AshevakLong Necked Loon
The worlds first sunglasses were built by the Inuit of the Arctic.They were created from bone, leather or wood with small slits see through,designed to protect the eyes from snowblindness caused by the bright springsunlight.The first snow goggles are said to date back 2000 years to a culture known as OldBering Sea, who lived around the west coast of Alaska and were the ancestors ofthe modern Inuit.The snow goggles came to Canada with the Inuit (Thule culture) about 800 yearsago. This example, an artifact of the Thule people, from north Baffin, was craftedfrom walrus ivory and dates back to between 1200 AD and 1600 AD.