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Cape Dorset, Nunavut - The Epicentre of Inuit Art

This documentary shows how an Inuit artist’s drawings are transferred to stone, printed and sold. Kenojuak Ashevak became the first woman involved with the printmaking co-operative in Cape Dorset. This film was nominated for the 1963 Documentary Short Subject Oscar.

John Feeney, 1963   National Film Board

Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak

This documentary shows how an Inuit artist’s drawings are transferred to stone, printed and sold. Kenojuak Ashevak became the first woman involved with the printmaking co-operative in Cape Dorset. This film was nominated for the 1963 Documentary Short Subject Oscar.

John Feeney, 1963   National Film Board

The Living Stone

This documentary shows the inspiration behind Inuit sculpture. The Inuit approach to the work is to release the image the artist sees imprisoned in the rough stone. The film centres on an old legend about the carving of the image of a sea spirit to bring food to a hungry camp.

John Feeney, 1958   National Fim Board

The Appropriation of Inuit Art

This short film mixes archival and new footage to make a statement about the appropriation of Inuit culture throughout history.

Jobie Weetaluktuk, 2009   National Fim Board

James Houston and the Artists of Cape Dorset

James Houston first traveled to the remote community of Cape Dorset in 1949 in pursuit of his own art. There, he quickly recognized an undiscovered mine of artistic talent among the people of the region and introduced them to art techniques such as print-making. He went on to become the driving force behind a multimillion-dollar art industry, bringing radical change to the Arctic and its inhabitants and profoundly changing his own life. In this 1987 profile by CBC Television’s The Fifth Estate, Houston also meets with his old friend Kenojuak, now a renowned print-maker.

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