Chair­man’s Mes­sage

Inuit Art Quarterly - - CONTENTS - Sammy Kud­luk

This new is­sue of the Inuit Art Quar­terly shows a broader view of Inuit arts—vis­ual arts, per­form­ing arts, lit­er­a­ture and more. Inuit art is broad­en­ing to other me­dia to ex­press the changes Inuit face through­out their lives and it is the IAQ’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­flect this in its pages.

Show­cas­ing Inuit per­form­ing artists over the length of the mag­a­zine is a first for the IAQ and one I am pleased to see. I am also happy to see the scope of the mag­a­zine con­tinue to ex­pand to in­clude artists from out­side of Canada. The IAQ of­fers the op­por­tu­nity for cul­tur­ally-sim­i­lar artists and per­form­ers from around the world to learn from each other; we have al­ready fea­tured the im­por­tant work of Tanya Ta­gaq in the Fall 2014 is­sue of our mag­a­zine, and show­cas­ing Alu­tiiq artist Tankya Lukin Lin­klater and Pia Arke of Green­land helps to ex­pand our own un­der­stand­ing of Inuit per­for­mance art within Canada.

The achieve­ments in this is­sue of the IAQ are only pos­si­ble be­cause of the hard work of its found­ing Ed­i­tor, Mary­belle Mitchell. Mary­belle ded­i­cated her life to help­ing Inuit artists, pri­mar­ily through the Inuit Art Foun­da­tion and the IAQ. The work we are able to do now at the Foun­da­tion is only pos­si­ble be­cause of her ef­forts, so it is fit­ting that this is­sue’s Trib­ute sec­tion was re­served to hon­our her achieve­ments.

On be­half of the Foun­da­tion’s board, I hope you en­joy this is­sue as much as I do.

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