Most of these carvings are sent to Canadian Arctic Producers, 2891 Slough Street, Mississauga Ontario, L4T 1G4. But some of them are personal collection taken picture by the carver and some baskets are sold by Najuqsivik Daycare, three photos were taken from Sanikiluaq 2002 yearbook, to look more closer and to find out who made them, click the thumbnails. To contact directly to the manager at Mitiq Co-op, General Delivery, Sanikiluaq Nu. X0A 0W0. Phone: 1-867-266-8860, Fax: 1-867-266-8844


History in Carving

Inuit carvings have been known since the late 1940's. But history already says that they were carving walrus bones and ivory. They were carving in the old tunit houses. James Houston was probably the first guy who traded with carvings. He visited north in 1948 from Ontario. It was that particular time that the people started to notice of a transformation from mind to stone. Numerous carvings were displayed in company stores and by 1950's, many carvers were born. It gained an international market upraise. Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) was the main developers of carvings, they were also the first to give out sandpaper so that the arts could be done properly.

One particular carver once described his art and quote, "What we show in our carvings is the life we have lived in the past right up to today." Inuit did make pretty good money. According to the elders, people actually bought stuff such as washing machines, skidoos, any house supplies including all the foods they can buy. It was more of luxuries to be a carver. It was the fake Inuit art that began filtering its way into the marketplace. This caused irreparable damage to the market. Although the market for fraudulent art is as old as history, but it was the carvers that have lost income and was no longer appropriate profession to some Inuit.

What is a soapstone?

Argillite is one type of a stone in Inuit sculptures. It is the mixture of clay materials that have been presented to unvarying and it is, in fact, easy to work with hands. From mind of the artist into this stone of art. It is not recommented to clean it with water, but you can slightly damp cotten swabs to eliminate spots of dirt and dust. This stone can vary from light gray through black. Many colours are used from aqua graphite, to solid gray dark, and gray light, medium into solid kelp.

Basket making

It has been almost twenty years that the women of Sanikiluarmiut didn't make any baskets, but has been rejuvenated. The Hamlet of Sanikiluaq had provided a single course that lasted two years for women to continue this tradition that has been lost. To this day, women basket making are all around the world, because women pushed themselves a little further to do the weeks of making baskets. These baskets have been done with great patients. In Sanikiluaq's basket making the little difference and affordable about them is that they are smaller patterns and complexity, the closeness of the stitches. In the bottom, is where you start the stitches, and you start going round and round, row after row. They are very collectable.

The E Numbers

The E numbers are the identification numbers which the Government of Canada gave out to the Inuit people. This identification number was equivalent to social insurance number or health card number. Now, in multiple carvings, the E numbers were used. In 1970, the people began to use their fathers last names and the E-9 numbers were no longer necessary. Some Inuit are little reluctant about these numbers because they consider it as a dog tag, although they are of great value. Every Inuit community has different numbers, for instance Sanikiluaq's number would appear like this E-9, and for Iqaluitmiut, the numbers would be E-7's. Some artists still write their E-9 numbers in their carvings.

E-9-3430             Map of E Numbers             Basket                         Kind



This is the main mining place in Tukajak Island, Qullisajanniavik. Click thumbnail to look closer.

List of Carvers in Alphabetical Order  




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