Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 color photographs,
Celebrating Inuit Art 1948-1970 is an impressive tribute to an art
form that was virtually unknown fifty years ago and is now
regularly featured in major art exhibitions worldwide.
The works of art in this book are organized by geographic area,
to illustrate the strong regional styles of this unique art form.
In Nunavik, narrative is emphasized, whereas the works of Baffin
artists stress the beauty of the richly textured local stone. In
Keewatin, the sculptures look pre-historic yet modern, while the
work of the Kitikmeot is distinguished by its shamanic whalebone
carvings. Quotes, reminiscences and historic snapshots provide
introductions to individual Northern communities.
In a major and invaluable essay, James Houston, a tireless and
passionate champion and respected authority on Inuit art, recounts
his experiences and observations of fifty years with the Inuit
The stunning photos, taken by Museum photographer Harry Foster,
illustrate major pieces from the Canadian Museum of Civilization as
well as treasures from James Houston's personal collection.
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