Where Are We Going?

9 Sep

As you may know, MIA’s Director David Harris and I are headed north to Kangirqliniq (Rankin Inlet), Nunavut next week. We’ll be making a quick stop in Winnipeg and then we’re off to the Arctic to do some project development there. I’ll be blogging about our trip and posting videos, photos and updates on all of our social media channels, so be sure to add them to your stream, RSS feed, follow us and like us before we go to keep up with all of the action.

Neither David nor I have been to Rankin before (though David was previously a teacher in Kinngait on Baffin Island), so I wanted to share with you some background about the community and why we think it’s such an important centre for art production in Arctic.

Rankin Inlet is located in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut, as you can see from this map. It currently functions as the region’s “hub” – meaning that most of the air traffic for the region filters through Kangirqliniq before it goes elsewhere, like Arviat or Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). As of 2006, it had a population of just over 2,200 individuals. Currently, the temperature is hovering around 10 degrees Celsius/45 degrees Fahrenheit – so it will be pretty chilly when we get there.

In addition to its importance to the Kivalliq region, Kangirqliniq (meaning “deep bay/inlet”) has an important place in the world of Inuit art, as well. The modern history of Inuit ceramics is centered here, first with a government-run studio, overseen by Claude Grenier, and then with the Matchbox Gallery, run by Jim and Sue Shirley. In addition, many prominent Inuit carvers are from the community, including John Tiktak.

We have many objects from Rankin Inlet on display in the museum, as you can see below.

John Kurok's "Shamanic Journey" in our Pedestal Gallery

The Kivalliq Case in our Permanent Collection (to the right)

We are excited to profile the community in more depth on our trip, so stay tuned!

Posted by: Alysa Procida, MIA’s Educational Coordinator

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One Response to “Where Are We Going?”

  1. Guylaine September 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM #

    I’m jealous…

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