Authentic Nunavut: Authentic Art

There’s an old myth that there are 52 words for snow in Inuktitut – which speaks to the preciseness of the language to encompass what Inuit mean, how they think and what they create. There is one single word in English - ‘culture’ - which can have over 160 meanings. Well, we prefer illiqusiq which means ‘the way it is done’ — encompassing all the authentic aspects of the Inuit way of life, our land and our heritage. And sanaugait, meaning ‘things made by hand’ for arts and crafts. We make our own clothing, carvings, prints, paintings, photographs, plays, films, music, poetry and songs and dances that all make up Inuit culture and all will make you smile, laugh, cry, sing and dance and make memories forever. 

Authentic Nunavut in English, is the official government brand for Nunavut arts and crafts. Every work of art marked with this tag is an authentic piece of Nunavut. The concept of authenticity reflects the integrity of each piece, each artist and the land. Some communities also have their own specific marks or chops to designate authenticity including Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung and Baker Lake. 

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In Iqaluit, the dining options will delight a range of appetites – from fine French dining at the Discovery’s Granite Room to delicious shawarma at the Yummy Shawarma to standard pub fare, with a northern twist at the Storehouse.

Going out on the land as part of an expedition, expect more than ration packs. Many outfitters prepare amazing delights to keep guests fuelled and full after a long day on the land. 

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You definitely need to discover it for yourself.

You have to see it for yourself, how the awesome vistas extend past the frame of what is represented in photos and videos. Hear authentic voices tell their stories first hand. Define your experience through direct perception, undergo a transformation through observing, encountering and participating first hand in the Spirit of the Arctic.

It’ll be good.

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What's on your travel bucket list? Experience the rare and unique arctic wildlife. Take a ride on a dog sled across ancient Inuit hunting trails. Witness centuries-old traditions in modern time. All of this is possible in Nunavut.