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November 11, 2006 - February 4, 2007
Location: George Gustav Heye Center, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
With the collapse of the fur trade during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Inuit families throughout the Canadian Arctic had to abandon their nomadic traditions, more to towns, and learn another way of life. With limited opportunities, many Inuit hunter-trappers became renowned carvers. On view are some 80 tabletop-sized carvings depicting various aspects of Inuit life -- families, animals, stories, and spirits -- created during the 1950s and 1960s. Highlight include:
ItuKiagatta is a Labrador Inuktitiut phrase meaning "how it amazes us." The works on view are courtesy of Canada's TD Bank Financial Group, which began assembling its Inuit art collection to mark Canada's centennial in 1967.