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Kangiqlliniq [Rankin Inlet], Nunavut


Kangiqlliniq, a community of over 2000 people, is considered a gateway to Nunavut from much of western Canada. It is the centre of commerce in the Keewatin Region and is located on the west coast of Hudson Bay on the site of an old nickel mine [closed in 1962]. The name translates as 'deep bay or inlet'. Although much of the sculpture from this community has roots in the style prevalent during the Historic Period, revealing naturalistic depictions of hunting and animal themes, the two best known artists from this community, John Kavik and John Tiktak, work within the realm of abtraction, typical of the Keewatin region aesthetic, embracing minimal form and line. A ceramics project was introduced in 1963 and artists working in stone sculpture experimented with this new medium until it was discontinued in 1975. Renewed interest in the project generated a revival of the coil-method ceramic program, by a new generation of artists, during the 1990s.

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