Inuit Dolls in Exhibition

A contemporary take on a traditional craft will be on display at Burnaby Art Gallery next month. Inuit Dolls of the Kivalliq is a new exhibition running at the gallery from June 3 to July 27.

The exhibit features 65 traditionally constructed dolls by women from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. A press release notes that doll-making workshops, organized by the Tarralikitaaq Arts Society, took place around the region in 2007 - some traditional, some focusing on new materials. Email to a friendEmail to a friendPrinter friendlyPrinter friendly

The workshops concluded with a Kivalliq Inuit Doll Festival Exhibition and Story-Telling Traditions program in Rankin Inlet in September, where more than 200 dolls were displayed. Work came from seven communities: Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay and Whale Cove.

Burnaby Art Gallery curator Darrin Martens noted in the press release that doll-making is a cultural enterprise for the women of the region - for some, the work is related to legend, symbolizes historical figures or represents traditional artistic practices.

"Through their art, knowledge and life skills are passed on from one generation to another, ensuring that traditional forms of expression are not lost while taking into account new artistic influences and methods, " Martens said.

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