The Inuit people's long experience with engravings - all the way back to Pre-Dorset culture - makes printmaking a natural complementary form of expression. It was not until 1962 that James Houston encouraged Cape Dorset artists to produce the first Inuit prints marketed in the south. Since that time, artists in Baker Lake, Pangnirtung and Clyde River have released regular collections.

Many Inuit printmakers work individually, but there are well-known Inuit printmaking centres outside the territory, such as Holman, Northwest Territories, and Povungnituk, Quebec.

Each community has a recognizable style and their own preferred subjects. For the most part, Inuit printmakers in Nunavut have focused on the natural Arctic world, Inuit mythology and scenes of everyday traditional life. Generally speaking, printmakers have not yet turned their attentions to current social issues to the degree carvers have. There are exceptions, however, such as Cape Dorset printmaker Pudlo Pudlat.