In 1999, Canada redrew its map to "our land" in the Inuktitut language. This book, based on and published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibition of the official Government of Nunavut collection of Inuit art, celebrates the growth of Inuit creative expression over the past five decades. Explore how long-held Inuit artistic traditions inspire contemporary sculptures, prints, fiber arts, photographs, and digital media. The exquisitely photographed book features an essay by award-winning Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, director of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, and includes text in four languages: Inuktitut, English, French, and Inuinnaqtun, a transliteration of Inuktitut.
The publication accompanies the exhibition Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from November 26, 2004, through January 30, 2005, and at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art from November 15, 2008, through February 15, 2009.
John Grimes is the former deputy director for research, new media, and information at the Peabody Essex Museum. Douglas Stenton is the Director of Heritage for the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage. Karen Kramer is the curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum. She is co-author and editor of Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, and co-editor of Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic and Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum.