Etched in Stone (Documentary)

Cape Dorset artists are much admired for their stone cut etchings. Walrus, caribou, the spirits of the woods grace walls the world over. But is the depiction of an Inuit in Monolo Blahniks really Cape Dorset art? Turns out the art world is just as cut-throat above the arctic circle as it is downtown.



Part Two of The Current

Etched in Stone (Documentary)

The northern lights have seen strange sights, but none stranger than the furious pace of change in the Arctic. While the rest of Canada's ages, Nunavut's population grows younger. So there are fewer old people to teach traditional ways and many kids would rather travel virtually by computer than jump on a dog sled.

As part of our project Shift, today's documentary looks at how quickly even art is changing in the Arctic ... particularly the iconic work of the Cape Dorset stone cut prints. Cape Dorset has produced a startling number of first rate artists. Their work gave Canadians and the rest of the world a unique glimpse into the inner lives of the Inuit. But a lot has changed in Cape Dorset and the younger artists aren't as interested in depicting caribou herds and walrus hunts.

Peter Sheldon is a CBC reporter in Iqaluit. He has been documenting the changes at the West Baffin Co-op in Cape Dorset. His documentary is called Etched in Stone. It first aired last October and was a finalist in the New York festival that awards outstanding work in radio around the world.

Since it first aired one of the people you heard in the documentary--Kananginak Pootoogook-- died. He died in November at the age of 75.


Other segments from today's show:

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