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recently traveled to Nunavut again to the Baffin Island
He spent most of his time in the community of Igloolik, which is situated on
a small island.
with most Inuit communities, the people of Igloolik are
very open and hospitable.
A fledgling Inuit film and video industry has developed in Igloolik.
The recording of traditional activities in the area has become an important
part of keeping Inuit culture alive. It is also home to a scientific research
center called "The Doorknob" by the locals for its unusual shape.
while a modern community, remains proud of its traditional
beliefs. In the 1970s, the village rejected television
for fear of the harm it could do their language and culture.
Now most have TV, including U.S. channels. Although
not as well known for carving as some parts of Nunavut,
Igloolik takes a back seat to no one in terms of the talent
level of its artists. Shamanic, drum dancer and spirit
figures are the most frequent subject matter. The
carvers use a wide variety of stones from grey steatite
to green serpentinite to white marble. Some stones
come from nearby islands, and others from almost 150 miles
away on Baffin Island.