Drum Dancing
  • Object Name: print
  • Artist: Anguhadluq, Luke (Canadian Inuit, 1895-1982)
  • Date Made: 1975
  • Culture/Nationality: Inuit
  • Place Made: Canada: Nunavut, Baker Lake
  • Materials: ink on paper
  • Edition Number: 37 of 50
  • Measurements: overall: 56 x 76.4 cm; sight: 55 x 75.5 cm
  • Related People: Baker Lake Co-op (producer); Hagpi, Hattie (printer)
  • Accession No.: 1978.1.1
  • Description: An image of a drum dancer.
  • Subject Terms: dancer, instrument, drum, Inuit

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Baker Lake Co-op
Qamani’tuaq or Baker Lake is 320 kilometers west of Hudson Bay and is the only inland Inuit community. As with other Arctic communities in the 1950s, there were inconsistent efforts to cultivate fabric crafts and other handicrafts in the region. Although sporadic, these early efforts garnered some results in the 1960s, when a full-time arts and crafts officer was assigned to the area by the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources (now the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development). Efforts to produce a consistent print program were hampered by the constant turnover of the arts officer. Although some test prints were produced in the early 1960s, they were generally experimental and did not result in the release of a collection.

The first Qamani’tuaq print collection was released in 1970 and marked the beginning of a high point in the production and marketing of art and craft throughout the Arctic. Efforts towards consistent print production were galvanized by the arrival of two Winnipeg artists in 1969, Sheila and Jack Butler. Using a then-innovative approach, the Butlers encouraged drawing by both male and female Inuit artists as an initial design step, before transferring the best-suited drawings to stonecut.

The spring following the Butlers’ arrival, the first Qamani’tuaq collection of 44 stonecut and stencil prints was exhibited at the Edmonton Art Gallery. It included artists featured prominently in this exhibition [Sanaunguabik: Traditions and Transformations in Inuit Art, October - December 2013], specifically William Noah, Jessie Oonark, Simon Tookoome, Victoria Mamnguksualuk, and Luke Anguhadluq.

In 1971, the Sanavik Co-operative was founded; in addition to prints and some sculpture, there was a focus on high-quality wall hangings, with Jessie Oonark and Marion Tuu'luq receiving national and international accolades for their vibrant textile work. Their sense of composition and passion for vibrant colour has a reciprocal relationship with the qualities that defined Qamani’tuaq prints, which depicted traditional themes of shamanism, transformation, and a strong spiritual relationship to the tundra and the wildlife that populated it. Between 1971 and 1977, Qamani’tuaq received unprecedented attention in the Canadian art world, with numerous touring exhibitions and large scale commissions. This came to an abrupt end in 1977 when the building that housed the Sanavik Co-operative burned down. In the following decades, efforts at rebuilding the co-op were unsuccessful. In 2006, the Baker Lake Printmakers' Co-operative was formed and continues to produce work as part of the Jessie Oonark Centre.

(Source: "Sanaunguabik: Ideas and Transformations in Inuit Art" exhibition didactic material, October 1 - December 21, 2013)

Hagpi, Hattie