Inuit programming at The MAG

Two feature exhibitions, Uuturautiit: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking, and Cape Dorset: Selections from the MAG Collection, celebrate the vibrant and unique life of Northern Canadians.

Every Sunday at 2 p.m., through to April 1st, the MAG offers a series of special talks and films that highlight this unique and vibrant culture. All special presentations are free with admission to the Museum.

Many individuals residing in Red Deer and area have lived and worked in Northern Canada. Each experience is very personal and often life altering. Visitors are invited to experience these first-person stories, and possibly share your own adventures.

The Campbell’s Experience: George Campbell — George and Esther Campbell and family lived in Iglulik from 1970/71, and Arctic Bay from1974 to 1978. Experience this exhibit on Feb. 12.

The Erin Boake Experience: Teaching Art in Iqaluit — A Red Deer artist, Erin moved to Iqaluit to teach art for a season. This exhibit will be showcased March 11.

In addition an Inuit Film Series featuring a selection of historic and recent films featuring Inuit culture will take place through March.

The first will feature Kenojuak (John Feeney, NFB of Canada, 1963) Kenojuak Ashevak was the first female artist involved, and still working, at the Cape Dorset printmaking cooperative. This will take place Jan. 29.

Inuuvunga: I am Inuk, I am Alive (Documentary, NFB of Canada, 2004) will run Feb. 5th. Eight Inuit teens used cameras to produce a vibrant and contemporary view of the issues the youth face in Canada’s North.

Through These Eyes (Charles Laird, 2004) will be shown March 4. This film examines the controversial curriculum in American schools in the 70’s that created a clash between politics and education.

Exploring Inuit Culture (National Film Board of Canada) will run March 18. Several short films present aspects of traditional Inuit life and culture.

The Necessities of Life (Drama, Seville Pictures, 2009) will be shown March 25. In 1952, an Inuit hunter and young orphan suffering with tuberculosis help each other to find hope and recover in order to return to their family and the north.

– Fawcett