Photostory #148: Canada's Northern Citizens Produce Unique Art: Lively Forms from Lifeless Stone
National Film Board of Canada
March 11, 1958
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
In the unceasing struggle for survival which has been their lot, with no wood but driftwood, no textiles and no vegetable dyes, the Eskimos had to turn to the stones of their land as a medium for artistic expression. Out of the lifeless rocks they have wrested a lively and imaginative collection of carvings. The carvings, usually small, are made to be examined at close quarters, hence, every part of the object is carved and polished with infinite care. Eskimo art, long popular in Canada, has been received with enthusiasm during recent exhibitions abroad.