Jewellery

Inuit have created small, purely decorative adornments in ivory and bone for centuries. Women wore hairsticks - pieces of caribou bone around which they wound their hair - as well as copper or leather headbands decorated with animal teeth. Amulets were also worn to ward off evil and bring good fortune.

More recently, Nunavut's artists have experimented with mixed media pieces and new materials such as silver. The artform was bolstered by a Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development crafts competition in 1976 that encouraged artists to fashion new and original "things that make us beautiful." Soon, jewellery workshops started in Iqaluit and Cope Dorset. The Nunavut Arctic College introduced a jewellery-making program in the 1990s, and have spread the program to many other communities since then.

From earrings, broaches and bracelets, to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut's Mace to freestanding silver sculptures, Nunavut's jewellers are making a name for themselves within the Inuit art world.