The territorial government is trying to encourage more NWT artists to start small businesses or “micro-businesses” to sell their goods. Craft fairs and even online sales can generate a lot of money.
At Ingamo Hall, the department of Industry, Tourism and Investment told artists about available grants and gave away prizes.
Top raffle prize: A beaver pelt which can be turned into a pair of mittens or trim on a coat.
For more information you can visit http://www.nwtarts.com
Here’s Wanda McLeod the host of CBC’s Northwind. She’s holding mittens, mukluks and a hand-embroidered jacket she made at the Gwich’in-organized sewing classes in Inuvik.
Congratulations Wanda, and nice work!
This weekend, crafters in Inuvik sold their wares. Seal-skin boots and mittens, beaver-fur hats, quilts, muskrat hats, carvings, prints, gloves and plenty of food were available.
The craft fair is always a big draw, and crafters fly in from surrounding communities.
Here are a few favourite pictures from this year’s Great Northern Arts Festival: Kevin Floyd of the Inuvik Qaqaq club is shown building a traditional boat frame, made from green wood.
Usually such a boat would be covered with watertight seal-skin, but this year they were covered with a polymer. The boats are light and you can lift them with one hand.
Also shown is the inspiration for the boat: An archive photo from 1903.
These are Ookpiks!They are fur owls, which are available at craft fairs and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation gift shop.
There was a traditional craft fair on November 18 at the high school, where artisans from Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson, Paulatuk, Ulukhaktok/Holman, Tsiigehtchic and Inuvik gathered to sell their wares.
I got these handmade Muskrat fut mittens from a woman in Aklavik. They are very warm!
The best part about fur, by the way, is that you can rub your nose or ears if you get cold.