Eskimo art

Eskimo art.

The art of the EskimoEskimo
, a general term used to refer to a number of groups inhabiting the coastline from the Bering Sea to Greenland and the Chukchi Peninsula in NE Siberia. A number of distinct groups, based on differences in patterns of resource exploitation, are commonly identified,
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 peoples arose some 2,000 years ago in the Bering Sea area and in Canada. Traditional art consisted of small utilitarian objects, such as weapons and tools, as well as diminutive animals, carved and incised in walrus ivory, bone, and stone. The subjects of Eskimo art reflected their lives as hunters and fishermen, as well as their extensive mythology. Carved and painted wooden masks of the 19th cent. were used in various rituals. Modern Eskimo art dates from the late 1940s, when Canadians encouraged the development of art by native artisans working in traditional modes. Contemporary Eskimo art consists mainly of carved figures in smooth soapstone, ivory, and rough-surfaced whalebone, and lithographs printed with local stone that simplify and abstract the forms of the Eskimo hunters and their quarry.
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Power purchased the entire output for $15,000 and formed Eskimo Art Inc.
In 1961, the Inuit Art Section, a division of Northern Affairs, sponsored the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council (CEAC) as an advisory board of professional artists and museum personnel to oversee development and promotion of Inuit printmaking, first introduced by Houston at Cape Dorset in 1959.
Adding to the street's variety are the Gallery of Eskimo Art (2665); Lakota (2814), showing Native American and Southwestern subjects; Schwartz Cierlak (3015) and Boritzerl Gray (31 10), with emerging California artists; and Sports and Entertainment (245, just inside Venice), whose name refers to its artists and subject matter.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: Artists and toymakers, many from Wyandotte and other Detroit-area communities, will demonstrate their skills including watercolor painting, wooden toy making, mask and body sculpture, wood Eskimo art, porcelain dolls, sandcast cement sculpture, metal sculpture, clay sculpture, theatrical makeup and special effects, stained glass and glass fusing.
Photo: Eskimo art inspired Lillian Elliot's and Pat Hickman's gut, reed, and wood baskets at Miller-Brown Gallery
The Baranof Indian and Eskimo art shop (just across from the church) had a good selection of native art when we were there.