Archive for February, 2010

Ningeokuluk Teevee (Part 1)

Ningeokuluk Teevee is currently one of my favourite Inuit visual artists. She was born May 27, 1963 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.

This drawing, Imposing Walrus (2009) is currently on the cover of Inuit Art Quarterly (IAQ), Winter 2009 (Vol.24, No.4). I love Teevee’s use of space on paper and attention to fine detail.

Seasonal Migration (2009) is a depiction of a caribou herd on the move. Her use of space and colour is fantastic, but what really makes much of Teevee’s work stand out is her adoption of graphic design.

She is also becoming known for her representations of traditional Inuit stories, which have been making a resurgence in Inuit art.

This print is entitled, Sedna’s Wonder (2009). For those of you who don’t know, Sedna (she also goes by other names, depending on which group of Inuit you ask) is a sea goddess according to Inuit legend.

She began as a young girl who was orphaned, and therefore the responsibility of her entire village. Sedna was often teased by children and sometimes seen as a burden by the adults because of her status.

One day, as her group was preparing to go hunting on the sea, her fate would change. As she went to climb into a kayak, some boys pushed her into the sea. She tried to hold onto the kayak to keep from drowning, but they chopped off her fingers and Sedna drowned.

As she sank deeper into the sea, she began to transform into a supernatural being, half human, half sea animal. She was now a part of the underwater world; a sea goddess representing and protecting all sea creatures.

Teevee’s detailed representation of Sedna includes stubby fingers, a mermaid-esque tail and a well-maintained hair-do; she is known for her love of braids.

More to come on Teevee, including the Beatles and her first book.

Does an Inukshuk represent Canada?

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has collaborated with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on a project called Vistas. It is a series of 13 short films by Aboriginal filmmakers on the subject of nationhood.

InukShop is one of the 13 films by Jobie Weetaluktuk. He is a writer, editor, broadcaster and filmmaker who originally hails from Inukjuak, Quebec, and is now based in Montreal.

In InukShop, he mixes archival and new footage to make a statement about the appropriation of Inuit culture throughout history. The film speaks to the most recent use of an Inuit symbol, the Inukshuk, at the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver. Many Inuit communities have been proud to see a part of their heritage connected to such a prestigious event, others have not.

Take a look at the film below and see how you feel about the representation of Inuit identity in our modern lives.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

To see all the films go to http://www.nfb.ca/playlist/vistas/