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Decorative Arts Design

By Maria Von Finckenstein

In 1970 a small staff of younger Inuit ladies in Pangnirtung on Baffin Island started to inform a narrative - a narrative approximately their earlier, their tradition, their lives - a narrative instructed via woven images. the 1st booklet devoted to the paintings kind of tapestry weaving, Nuvisavik indicates how weaving grew to become a bridge among nomadic camp lifestyles and existence in an enduring payment. The tapestries, meticulously woven by means of girls proficient through their moms as seamstresses, painting photographs wistfully remembered by way of elders locally and captured via neighborhood artists. either the drawings and the tapestries exhibit the delight of the Inuit of their tradition. The tapestries are offered opposed to a wealthy cultural and old context. of the essays within the ebook are according to interviews with elders and replicate the vibrant heritage of the Cumberland Sound, the place sustained touch among Inuit and american citizens and Scots begun as early because the mid-nineteenth century. The cultural content material of the tapestries is mentioned through participants of the Inuit group, deciphering differently enigmatic and confusing photographs. an excellent mixture of artwork heritage and cultural historical past, Nuvisavik will entertain the student and artwork collector in addition to readers with a different curiosity within the heritage of the Canadian North. members comprise July Papatsie, a well-established artist from Pangnirtung who brings his own history and data of his tradition to his writing; Deborah Hickman, a tapestry weaver herself, who was once normal supervisor and inventive consultant to the Pangnirtung Tapestry Studio from 1980 to 1983; Cathleen Knotsch, a researcher who focuses on concerns bearing on the Canadian japanese Arctic; and Maria von Finckenstein.

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17 In 1897 narwhals were hunted for their long, twisted ivory tusk. Walrus was taken if possible, the skin traded for the use in belting in England, and as Wakeham reports, the oil "is usually mixed with the whale oil and sold as such. -Oct. Caribou hunt; gathering lichen Big tent; two layers of skins Two to three families Caribou hunt on food Tent on mainland Several families One or more families Winter Nov. -Dec. -Sept. Arctic char fishing; caribou hunt; walrus hunt; bird hunt Tents Men with sled go on ice Frequent visits of camps by dog team Five to six individuals Young men walk inland for caribou Source: Based on descriptionis in Boas 1885, 1888.

Also, the elders' residences need an area outside where elders could sit around and talk during the spring and summer because today they have no space outside their buildings. These two items I want to see, for people need a good healthy environment in which their attitude towards other people will turn positive. 38 CATHLEEN KNOTSCH NOTES 1 See Deborah Hickman's contribution in this publication regarding the history and nature of tapestry production. 2 Elaiyah Keenainak, interview, October 7, 1993, tape la, CMC.

85-86/048111, file TA~5oo-8-i-n. 56 Meeka Arnaqaq, a tapestry artist from 1970 to I97Z, is a respected elder in and outside the community of Panniqtuuq. She is committed to contributing to the improvement of life and health in her own and other Inuit communities. She serves as a board member on the committees of several non-profit organizations and is also a respected leader of healing circles. 57 Meeka Arnaqaq, interview, May 27, zooi, tape xa. CMC. SOURCES Interviews Meeka Arnaqaq. May 27, zooi.

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