Life on the Land: Inuit Art From Cape Dorset - postcard book
Thirty color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.

In 1956, artist James Houston came with his wife, Alma, to Cape Dorset, southwest of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut, as the northern service officer with the Canadian government's Department of Northern Affairs. One of his duties was to foster the production of carvings and other handcrafts by the Inuit residents. By 1959, the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative had been formed, laying the groundwork for a legendary printmaking tradition. Today, the Cooperative's Kinngait Studios are the oldest continually operating print studios in Canada, and collectors from around the world eagerly anticipate each annual release of Cape Dorset prints.

The artists of Cape Dorset are active in the studios from fall through late spring. Diverse media are available to the printmakers - etching and aquatint, woodcut, copper engraving, and stencil - but their mainstays are stonecut and lithography. When the print editions are finished and the fine summer weather arrives, many of the artists leave the community to return to the land and their traditional camps. The Inuit are determined to retain important elements of their culture - their language and stories, their connection to the Arctic and its resources - while adapting to modern ways. This book of postcards reproduces thirty outstanding images from over fifty years of printmaking at the Kinngait Studios.

Papiara Tukiki, Tundra Bear, 2012
Papiara Tukiki, Spring, 2006
Kakulu Saggiaktok, Igloo, 1979
Kenojuak Ashevak, Courting Loon, 2008
Ohotaq Mikkigak, Face to Face, 2009
Kingmeata Etidlooie, Hunter’s Dream, 1988
Mary Pudlat, Woman Gathering Kelp, 1997
Meelia Kelly, Colony of Seals, 2004
Pitaloosie Saila, Arctic Ensemble, 2009
Tikitu Qinnuayuak, Woman Who Went to the Moon, 1990
Ohotaq Mikkigak, Aqigirq (Rock Ptarmigan), 2011
Ningeokuluk Teevee, Seasonal Migration, 2009
Shuvinai Ashoona, Handstand, 2010
Eegyvudluk Ragee, Angako Quviasuktu (Happy Shaman), 1981
Qavavau Manumie, Inugagulligaq (Legend of the Little People), 2002
Kenojuak Ashevak, Vigilant Owl, 2007
Kananginak Pootoogook, Young Hunter at Aglu, 1992
Kingmeata Etidlooie, Northern Spirits, 1988
Kananginak Pootoogook, Restless Cubs, 2008
Qavavau Manumie, Summer Treat, 2005
Kananginak Pootoogook, Steadfast Musk Ox, 2005
Itee Pootoogook, Looking South, 2008
Ningeokuluk Teevee, Moon Dance, 2011
Qavavau Manumie, Spring Caribou, 1995
Pitaloosie Saila, Mother, 1981
Kananginak Pootoogook, Sign of Summer, 2008
Kenojuak Ashevak, Six-Part Harmony, 2011
Kananginak Pootoogook, Evening Shadow, 2010
Kenojuak Ashevak, Owl’s Consort, 2012
Ningeokuluk Teevee, Imposing Walrus, 2009

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