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Toongalook (Arctic Bay), What I Had Seen a Long Time Ago, 1964, graphite on paper, 50 x 65 cm, Canadian Museum of History IV-C-6848
Jemima Angelik Nutarak, (Pond Inlet), String Games and Ayagaq, 1964, graphite on paper, 50 x 65 cm, Canadian Museum of History IV-C-7691
Cornelius (Kooneeloosee) Nutarak (Pond Inlet), Happy Narwal Hunting, 1964, pencil crayon and graphite on paper, 50 x 65 cm, Canadian Museum of History, IV-C-8216
Cornelius (Kooneeloosee) Nutarak (Pond Inlet), Preparing Sealskins, 1964, graphite on paper, 50 x 65 cm, Canadian Museum of History IV-C-6945
Cornelius (Kooneeloosee) Nutarak (Pond Inlet), Using Blubber to Make Fuel, 1964, graphite, pencil crayon on paper, 50 x 65 cm, Canadian Museum of History, IV-C-6952
Picturing Arctic Modernity: North Baffin Drawings from 1964
Historical Feature and R. Fraser Elliott Galleries
7 January 2017–9 April 2017

Winter Season Launch: 19 January 2017

Developed by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Canadian Museum of History,
Gatineau, Quebec, with contributions by and support of various Nunavut organizations
including the Pond Inlet Archives, Itaq, and Ilisaqsivik, this exhibition examines a transformative
era in Canada’s Arctic through a unique collection of drawings gathered by Terry
Ryan, the artist and arts advisor who worked in Cape Dorset. Created over a three-month
period in early 1964 by Inuit men and women from the North Baffin communities of Clyde
River (Kanngiqtugaapik), Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik ) and Arctic Bay (Ikpiarjuk), the drawings
eloquently document Inuit perspectives of daily life, history and memory during a time of
profound social change. Through accompanying video clips, visitors to the exhibition will
encounter the contemporary voices and reflections of the artists, their descendants, and
friends, who provide an intimate connection to the people, events and themes depicted in
the drawings, while underscoring the importance of cultural heritage to communities today.

This exhibition, organized by Queen’s assistant professor of art history and Agnes Curator
of Indigenous Art Norman Vorano, was produced with the assistance of practicum student
Rosemary Legge and made possible in part by a grant from the Museums Assistance Program,
Government of Canada. The exhibition will tour to Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning
Facility in Clyde River, the Pond Inlet Archives and the Nunatta Sunakkutanngit Museum in
Iqaluit starting in the late summer of 2017, followed by the Canadian Museum of History
and venues across Canada.

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.