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What Gets Lost


The Canadian Eskimo Arts Council's Rejected Prints



The CEAC spent decades moderating the sale of Inuit art to southern audiences by prohibiting works arbitrarily deemed unacceptable from entering the market. We examine what works were rejected and why.


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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Derrick Pottle

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

A self-taught artist hailing from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Derrick Pottle specializes in working with stone, hide and bone. He has been creating carvings since he was a child, working with wood initially to create toys for himself. Remaining closely tied to his land and culture, Pottle enjoys an active traditional lifestyle as a hunter and continues to hunt and prepare seal, caribou, moose, polar bear and fox. 

Pottle’s work was featured in the touring exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut and is also the subject of a film from director Jason Van Bruggen titled Keeper of the Flame (2018), which chronicles his life as a hunter, carver and guide in Nunatsiavut. 

Many of his pieces are directly inspired by his own encounters with animals on the vast landscape of Nunatsiavut. As he never takes a camera out on his excursions—many of which are long-distance trips by ski-doo—all his carved works depicting animals and hunting scenes are drawn directly from his own memory and experience. This is apparent in carvings such as Kayak Hunter (2015), a standoff between two hunters over a lone black seal, balanced precariously on a slim ribbon of antler.

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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Derrick Pottle

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

A self-taught artist hailing from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Derrick Pottle specializes in working with stone, hide and bone. He has been creating carvings since he was a child, working with wood initially to create toys for himself. Remaining closely tied to his land and culture, Pottle enjoys an active traditional lifestyle as a hunter and continues to hunt and prepare seal, caribou, moose, polar bear and fox. 

Pottle’s work was featured in the touring exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut and is also the subject of a film from director Jason Van Bruggen titled Keeper of the Flame (2018), which chronicles his life as a hunter, carver and guide in Nunatsiavut. 

Many of his pieces are directly inspired by his own encounters with animals on the vast landscape of Nunatsiavut. As he never takes a camera out on his excursions—many of which are long-distance trips by ski-doo—all his carved works depicting animals and hunting scenes are drawn directly from his own memory and experience. This is apparent in carvings such as Kayak Hunter (2015), a standoff between two hunters over a lone black seal, balanced precariously on a slim ribbon of antler.

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20 Carvers to Know in 2020: Derrick Pottle

by Emily Henderson | Jan 10, 2020

A self-taught artist hailing from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Derrick Pottle specializes in working with stone, hide and bone. He has been creating carvings since he was a child, working with wood initially to create toys for himself. Remaining closely tied to his land and culture, Pottle enjoys an active traditional lifestyle as a hunter and continues to hunt and prepare seal, caribou, moose, polar bear and fox. 

Pottle’s work was featured in the touring exhibition SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut and is also the subject of a film from director Jason Van Bruggen titled Keeper of the Flame (2018), which chronicles his life as a hunter, carver and guide in Nunatsiavut. 

Many of his pieces are directly inspired by his own encounters with animals on the vast landscape of Nunatsiavut. As he never takes a camera out on his excursions—many of which are long-distance trips by ski-doo—all his carved works depicting animals and hunting scenes are drawn directly from his own memory and experience. This is apparent in carvings such as Kayak Hunter (2015), a standoff between two hunters over a lone black seal, balanced precariously on a slim ribbon of antler.

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The Canadian federal government created the Igloo Tag Trademark in 1958 in order to protect Inuit visual art from mass-produced, fraudulent work. The trademark, most often applied to sculpture, is a safeguard for collectors and artists that only applied to works made by Inuit.

The Inuit Art Foundation accepted the rights to the trademark from the government in 2017. For the first time, the trademark is now led by Inuit, for Inuit.

 

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