Monday, December 05, 2005

Nunavut Art and Nunavik Art

Sometimes I'm asked to explain the difference between Nunavut and Nunavik. Both are areas in the Canadian Arctic. Nunavut is Canada's newest territory and was created in 1999 by dividing up the Northwest Territories. Iqaluit on Baffin Island is the capital of Nunavut. Nunavut art comes from such Inuit communities as Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung and Rankin Inlet.

Nunavik is the northern part of Quebec province that is considered Arctic region. Like Nunavut, Nunavik has an active supply of Inuit carvers. Nunavik art comes from such Inuit communities as Akulivik, Inukjuak and Puvirnituk.

More detailed maps showing the Canadian Arctic north including Nunavut and Nunavik as well as many Inuit communities can be found at Inuit Art Region.

For beautiful pieces of both Nunavut art and Nunavik art can be found at Free Spirit Inuit Gallery.

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