Photo: Inuit drawings from the 1960s form new Iqaluit exhibit

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A collection of North Baffin drawings from the 1960s are now on display at Iqaluit's Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum until Oct. 7. The exhibit,


A collection of North Baffin drawings from the 1960s are now on display at Iqaluit’s Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum until Oct. 7. The exhibit, “Picturing Arctic Modernity,” shows a sampling of 1,860 drawings done by 150 men and women in Clyde River, Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. The drawings were gathered by artist Terrance Ryan, after he travelled through the North for four months in 1964, passing out pencils and paper and asking people to “draw how they felt.” The images show transitions from traditional to modern western ways of living during a time when assimilation policies and residential schools were causing “painful cultural dislocation,” reads the exhibit introduction panel. Norman Vorano, Queen’s University professor and curator of the travelling exhibit, said at the Aug 26 opening that there would have been little opportunity for this kind of expression at the time, and that the drawings were a “revelation” for the community. (PHOTO BY BETH BROWN)

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