Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

GNWT reaches out to artists

ImageThe 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


Wanda’s sewing: Mittens, mukluks and parka

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!


Inuvik craft fair: Art and economic activity

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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.

Building a traditional Qayaq: Light and flexible

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.

Great Northern Arts Festival 2011: Spectacular features a gallery of the Great Northern Arts Festival. This year’s event was spectacular: More than 70 artists visited. 

See the full gallery by clicking here.

Fuzzy fellows

ookpiksfeb08.jpgThese are Ookpiks!They are fur owls, which are available at craft fairs and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation gift shop.

Muskrat mitts

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.