Inuit art is made in the many remote Inuit communities up in the Arctic north of Canada. This vast region includes Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Nunavik (northern Quebec), the northern parts of Labrador and Yukon.
The Northwest Territories was divided into two parts on April 1, 1999 as part of the largest land claim ever settled in North America. The western part became the downsized Northwest Territories while the eastern and northern parts became Nunavut. Nunavut, which is over one fifth of Canada's land mass, became the first North American territory formed by aboriginal people with a self-elected government. This government has similar law-making powers as their counterparts in Northwest Territories and Yukon. The capital of Nunavut is Iqaluit on Baffin Island. At present, the population of Nunavut is over 25,000 of which 85% is Inuit.
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'An Overview of Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art'
'An Overview of Canadian Arctic Inuit Art'
The Arctic maps below show this Canadian region where Inuit artists still live and produce their exquisite Inuit art. The first Arctic map shows the entire region in relation to the North American continent. The second Arctic map displays the region in more detail with many of the Inuit communities shown. Click on each map to see enlarged versions.
Do you want to go on an Arctic tour? If so, check out Gap Adventure Tours as they organize trips up there as well as other exciting destinations around the world.
If planning a trip up to the Canadian Arctic region, see our article on Arctic Wear for Northern Winter Travel.
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