Our Land: Contemporary Art From The Arctic
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INUKSUK
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Inuit Traditional Knowledge
Language and Syllabary
INUIT CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
CELEBRATING INUIT ART
SONG
NUNAVUT ART IN THE NEWS
MEDIA



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rom November 26, 2004 through January 30, 2005, the Peabody Essex Museum hosts Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic, the first major museum exhibition of contemporary art from Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut. The exhibition includes more than 50 artworks—from sculpture, prints, and textile art to photography, video, and sound installations—all created in the last half-century, a time of burgeoning artistic and cultural awareness and pride among Canada’s Inuit. A trilingual (English, French, Inuktitut) full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibit.  These resources help extend the life of the exhibit beyond its life in the gallery in Salem, Massachusetts.  Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic was born in a spirit of unique collaboration between the Peabody Essex Museum, the Governments of Canada and Nunavut, and the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth.

Our Land underscores the persistence, and resilience, and malleability of Inuit world view and creativity in the contemporary world.  The exhibit is divided into three sections that explore themes within Traditional Inuit knowledge, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (I.Q.), that inspire Inuit art. Being encompasses works that express Nunavut cosmology and spirituality and examines what it is to be an individual caretaker of I.Q. in a changing world; Family, where I.Q. is learned and shared,  looks at works involving individuals, the nuclear family, and identity; and Community portrays the practice of I.Q. over time, place, season, and social organization.  The artworks in Our Land sublimely express Inuit values, language, life skills, perceptions, and expectations.  In the exhibition, the works of art are presented with the words of elders, artists, and writers to help illuminate the creativity of Inuit men and women.


INUKSUK







Video interview with Peter Irniq: Constructing an Inuksuk at the Peabody Essex Museum, 2004



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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON NUNAVUT LAND, GOVERNMENT, CULTURE AND ART




Government of Nunavut website
Nunavut travel planner
Building Nunavut: A Story of Inuit Self-Government
Nunavut Planning Commission website
Inuit Sculpture


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INUIT TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE | INUIT QAUJIMAJATUQANGIT



What is Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit?
Interviewing Inuit Elders: Nunavut Arctic College Oral Traditions Project


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INUKTITUT LANGUAGE AND SYLLABARY



A guide to the Inuktitut Syllabery writing system
Writing in Inuktitut: An Historical Perspective
Inuktitut remains strong and alive
Writing in Inuktitut: Try It Yourself
Arctic Life, Arctic Language


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ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROTECT AND PROMOTE INUIT CULTURE
AND ART



Inuit Heritage Center in Baker Lake
Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Kivalliq Inuit Association
Index of Arctic Cooperatives Limited (many in Nunavut)
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Canadian organization representing Inuit in Nunavut)
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association
The Avataq Cultural Institute


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CELEBRATING INUIT ART



Canandian Museum of Civilization, Iqqaipaa: Celebrating Inuit Art
Nunavut Art Exhibition
The World Around Me: Inuit art collection at University of Lethbridge
Cape Dorset Artists
The Faye and Bert Settler Collection of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery


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SONG



Interview With Throat Singing featuring Tanya Tagaq Gillis and Celina Kalluk, January 9, 2003
Inuit Throat-Singing

Inuit Throat Singing of the Arctic Circle
First Indigenous Music Festival of the Americas
Lucie Idlout: Songs of the First People (interview)
Lucie Idlout website
Susan Aglukark website
Qimuk Music Incorporated
Inuit Music article written by Malaspina College student
Tanya Tagaq Gillis
Tanya Tagaq Gillis
Musical Memories: Drum Dance of the Copper Inuit



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ART FROM NUNAVUT | IN THE NEWS



Government of Canada Helps Nunavut Artists Work Together to Bring Inuit and Aboriginal Art to New Audiences
Art employs 4,000 in Nunavut
Inuit Art: The New Reality
Sharing Their Thoughts: Pequot Museum exhibit shows art work by Inuit women


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MEDIA



Inuktitut online TV
Isuma: Independent Inuit Video-making
Nunatsiaq News
Northern News Services online


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