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Exhibit: the Hirshhorn Ontario Townsite and a 1950s Utopian Vision for Art and Industry in the Canadian Wilderness

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

A new exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., “Public Spirit: The Hirshhorn Project” (November 05, 2008 – March 22, 2009), draws on a unique tale of adventure and discovery in Western Ontario, and a series of plans and photos for a utopian settlement blending modern design, contemporary art, and private philanthropy in the […]

“Passage”: A Film by John Walker Looks at the Story of John Rae and Inuit Oral Histories of the Lost Franklin Expedition

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Following the tale of hubris and national ambition, John Walker looks at the tragic fate of the 1845 Franklin expedition and the controversy surrounding the harrowing tale of desperation and futility as told by Inuit oral histories. The story is told with the assistance of Nunavut MLA and historian Tagak Curley, and draws on the […]

Second Annual Qimualaniq Quest, Baffin Island

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Three women finish in top spots on the second annual Qimualaniq Quest on Baffin Island: Lynn Peplinski (1st), Siu-Ling Han (2nd), Sarah McNair-Landry (3rd). The round trip of 320 km follows the Soper River, and passes over hilly and rocky terrain from Iqualiut to Kimmirut and back. Blizzards and white-out conditions set a slow pace […]

An Ethno-Historical Cantata Tells Story of Ascencion Solorsano de Cervantes (1854-1930)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

The cultural history of the Amah-Mutsun (“San Juan”) Tribe is the subject of a new collaboration between librettist and mezzo-soprano Helene Joseph-Weil and composer Benjamin Broom. Set out in 14 scenes, and involving multi-media displays and spatial sound effects, the two hour cantata tells the story of Ascencion Solorsano de Cervantes (1854-1930), the last fluent […]

Theater: “A Big Blue Nail” Tells the Story of Matthew Henson and Robert E. Peary at the North Pole

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Loy Arcenas stages a new play by Carlyle Brown, “A Big Blue Nail,” at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago (January 25 – March 2, 2008). Long underappreciated in the annals of polar exploration, Matthew Henson partnered with Robert E. Peary on his most ambitious expeditions to the North, and traveled over 9,000 miles by […]

Nunavut Honors Lamb Family and Aviation History in Ceremony at Rankin Inlet

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

From coastal waterways in Alaska to disparate Caribbean Islands to roadless tracts in the far North, where automobiles have yet to establish a foothold, small aviation companies provide a vital lifeline for people, communities, and economies in need of services, communications, and transportation over vast distances. Nunavut has honored one such company out of the […]

Traditional Canoeing Skills Featured on Terra

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Terra is an on-line film collective and video podcasting site that features stories on science and the natural world for educators, students and fans. They have an extensive list of over 300 video entries on a diverse range of topics: indigenous resource issues, biodiversity, marine ecology, environmental activism, and more. Episode 317, “Up a Creek,” […]

New Totem Pole Finds Home in Chicago Field Museum

Friday, April 6th, 2007

A new totem pole at the Chicago Field Museum draws on historical connections both near and far. The work is a collaboration of master Chilkoot-Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson and family, and is presented to the Field Museum as a gift of the Cape Fox Corporation and the Tlingit community of Saxman, Alaska. In 2001, the […]

Dartmouth College Features Two Exhibits on Climate Change and Inuit Traditions

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

The first exhibit, “Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment” (January 27 – May 13, 2007) highlights Dartmouth College’s long involvement in Arctic Studies and features 19th and 20th century Inuit art and artifacts from the museum’s collection. “With the understanding that the Arctic environment is undergoing rapid transformation from climate change and the […]

Qimualaniq Quest Finishes First Race in Iqaliut

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Nunavut sled-dog race seeks to bring together Inuit, Francophone and Anglophone communities in Nunavut, and revive Inuit sled dog traditions in Southern Baffin Island. The 320 km race travels through Katannilik Territorial Park, and was organized by the Association des francophones du Nunavut (AFN) and the Mayukalik Hunters and Trappers Association of Kimmirut. The first […]