Nunavik is northern Quebec Arctic where the main stone used in Arctic sculpture is a softer grey color soapstone. Inuit art carvers here like to blacken the stone with shoe polish. The Arctic sculptures from Nunavik include both animals and people as subjects but the carvers here really excel in human figures. Themes are usually family oriented with mother and child as a favourite. Animals such as seals are often part of hunting scenes with human hunters. Inuit people with fish are also common.
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Pieces can be quite narrative in nature as they represent stories and legends as well as everyday life in the Arctic. Strong Inuit art producing communities in Nunavik include Inukjuak, Puvirnituq, Akulivik and Kuujjuaraapik, all along the western Quebec coastline on Hudson's Bay. An interesting note is that Kuujjuaraapik is right across the water from Sanikiluaq and many carvers move back and forth between these two communities. Therefore, Arctic sculptures from this Nunavik community sometimes have some similarities in style with Sanikiluaq carvings. There are also good Arctic sculptures coming out of communities in the north part of Nunavik such as Kangirsuk.
Labrador is part of the province of Newfoundland in Canada. Like their counterparts in Nunavik, the Inuit artists located in communities along the Northeast coast of Labrador also do Arctic sculpture with family and traditional life themes. Many Inuit artists here do inlays on their pieces. A human figure may have its face with inlays of stone of another color or caribou antler. These inlays can represent eyes, mouths, teeth and other features of the face. Labrador is rich with serpentine stone which is much harder than the soapstone found in Nunavik.
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