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DOLLS OF CANADA'S NORTH (Sewing our Traditions)

DOLLS OF CANADA'S NORTH (Sewing our Traditions)

By Public Art Gallery Yukon Arts Centre

Observers of children know that, for a child, anything can become a doll: a stick, a leaf, a bit of ragged leather, a peculiarly shaped stone, a tuft of fur.

Beneath the delights of doll play is a more serious and adult purpose: teaching children the skills that will be required when they grow up. By imitating their mothers, little girls learn how to feed, dress and care for a baby. They observe how a baby should be carried, whether in a cradle board or slunk into a hood or astride the hip. They also learn the technical skills needed to make clothes for the family - an art that is for the most part a woman's responsibility.

In the past, when everything was made by hand, children began very young, often by working alongside their mothers or grandmothers, to learn how to scrape and tan hides, spin thread and weave it into cloth, or sew boots with animal sinew. Much practice was required to transform a raw caribou skin or a handful of cedar bark into a neatly finished garment. making doll clothes was a way to learn these essential skills.

Sewing our Traditions is a collection of hand-made dolls created by Inuit and First Nations from across the Canadian North. The dolls represent historical and contemporary perspectives on northern traditions, fashion and culture.

These dolls record and reflect Canadian life and customs. Using natural and modern materials the doll makers have created evocative portraits of their cultural identity. From tiny intricate details like beaded moccasins to locally trapped fur and home-tanned hide, the Yukon Arts Centre is excited to bring together these truly exceptional examples of fine craft from the three territories that are Canada's North.

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Felixstowe to Pengnirtung (English edition)

Felixstowe to Pengnirtung (English edition)

By Carol Charles

This book has been written to celebrate the life and witness of Canon Arthur Turner and the people of Pangnirtung with whom he lived. Arthur devoted his life to the Inuit of Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Published: 0 by Lavenham Press

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Felixstowe to Pengnirtung (Inuktuk edition)

Felixstowe to Pengnirtung (Inuktuk edition)

By Carol Charles

This book has been written to celebrate the life and witness of Canon Arthur Turner and the people of Pangnirtung with whom he lived. Arthur devoted his life to the Inuit of Cumberland Sound, Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Published: 0 by Lavenham Press

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The Polar North - Ways of Speaking, Ways of Belonging

The Polar North - Ways of Speaking, Ways of Belonging

By Stephen Pax Leonard

The author set off on a journey to document the language and spoken traditions of a small group of Inuit living in a remote corner of north-west Greenland. This group call themselves the Inugguit (the 'big people') and they speak an exceedingly complex language understood by few outsides. Leonard lived with the Inugguit for 12 months, learning their language and living their way of life, which includes travelling exclusively by dog-sledge. Affected directly by climate change, the Inugguit's corner of the planet is melting.

Published: 2014 by Francis Boutle Publishers

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Reindeer People

Reindeer People

By Piers Vitebsky

A voyage of discovery into the life of a remote aboriginal community in the Siberian Arctic, where the reindeer has been a part of daily life since Palaeolithic times.

Published: 2005 by Harper Collins Publishers

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THE SAMI PEOPLES OF THE NORTH

THE SAMI PEOPLES OF THE NORTH

By Neil Kent

This is the first comprehensive history of the Sami peoples of the Nordic countries and northwestern Russia. In the first instance, Neil Kent considers how the Sami homeland is defined: its geography, climate and early contact with other peoples. He then moves on to its early chronicles and the onset of colonisation, which changed Sami life profoundly over the last millenium. Thereafter, the nature of Sami ethnicity is examined in the context of the peoples among whom the Sami increasingly live, as well as the growing intrusions of the states claiming sovereignty over them.

The Soviet gulag, the Lapland War and increasing urbanisation have all impacted upon Sami life. Religion, too, played an important role, from their prehistoric pantheon of gods and sacred sites to Christianisation. Recently the intrusions of the logging and nuclear industries, as well as tourism, have come to redefine Sami society and culture. And what it means to be Sami at all is increasingly scrutinised at a time when some intermarry and yet return to Sapmi, where their children maintain their Sami indentity.

Published: 2014 by Wheaton & Co. Ltd

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