What makes art Inuit? Who decides what pieces get to market? How does the co-operative system work?
Since 1986, the Inuit Art Quarterly has been devoted to advancing and appreciating Inuit and circumpolar Indigenous arts. The stories in our archive testify to our focus on connecting readers around the world with the Arctic through the robust and thoughtful writing of Inuit and Indigenous writers.
We've constructed a primer here to help newcomers understand the multiplicity of story-telling and rich cultural history that lives in Inuit art today. While by no means complete, we hope it helps answer some of the basic questions often asked about Inuit and their art, starting with why it's so important.