Inuit Films

Film has become an important and influential art form in the North over the past century, just as it has across the rest of the world. Many Inuit watched their first films only 60 years ago while they were still living in igloos! Southerners and not the Inuit themselves, often times made these movies. One…

Music

Traditional Inuit music was used as entertainment, as a game, as a means of story telling, as well as during certain ceremonies.  The music is mainly based on the sound of drums and the singing and chanting of Inuit themselves. There are three basic music forms for traditional Inuit music from the Arctic: throat songs,…

Young Inuit holding soapstone carving

Inuit Art

In the 1950’s, James Houston came to the community of Cape Dorset.  He was very impressed by the images the Inuit drew and set up a print workshop. He taught Inuit to create beautiful prints that are now sold around the world. The most famous artist I know is Kenoujuaq Ashevak, whose image of an…