Inuit Art

People who live in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska are called Inuit. Artwork produced by Inuit people is known as Inuit Art. The raw materials used are locally sourced from land or sea and include animal bones, ivory, tusks, and stone for sculptures which is the most known type of Inuit Art.

Subjects vary from various hunting scenes to shamanic stories to animal forms to mythology. They were created for decorations and religious purposes but were later used as barter for goods for trade – mainly tea, weapons, and alcohol. Inuit Art dates back to over 4000 years. The Inuit continue to make sculptures today using traditional and modern tools and are experimenting with new themes and materials to keep the tradition alive.