Teachers Lesson Plans

Contemporary Inuit Sculpture

Aesthetic
Aesthetic
Definition: Science of beauty in nature and in art.

© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Amauti
Amauti
Definition: Traditionally made of seal or caribou skin, amauti (parkas) are now made of fabric. They are worn by women and girls for protection from the cold. Infants are carried in a pocket in the back, rather than in the hood.

Antler
Antler
Definition: A branched horn of a deer or similar animal (Gage Canadian Dictionary)

Density
Density
Definition: Quality of being dense. Containing many elements in a limited space.

© Charlie Inukpuk

Legend
Legend
Definition: Traditional mythical story belonging to one specific people. Depiction of reel facts or characters accepted by almost everyone but distorted or amplified by imagination or biases.

© West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd.

Limestone
Limestone
Definition: Rock which is mainly made of calcium carbonate.

Polished
Polished
Definition: To make a surface smooth and glossy.

© Thomasie Qamugaaluk

Serpentine
Serpentine
Definition: A mineral consisting chiefly of a hydrous silicate of magnesium, usually green, and sometimes spotted like a serpent’s skin (Gage Canadian Dictionary)

Shaman
Shaman
Definition: Part priest, part sorcerer, magician and seer, healer, prophet, male or female, shamans can enter into a state of trance, travel beneath the sea or among the stars to the northern lights, transform themselves into wolves, seals or monsters, call upon benevolent spirits and fight to the death against malevolent ones, exercise justice, heal the body and save the soul, condemn, forgive, take or give life. Mediums, sages and sorcerers, they act as intermediaries between the world of the living and the supernatural world of shadows and spirits.

Shoreline
Shoreline
Definition: Area of land next to the water

Thematic
Thematic
Definition: Organized set or system of subjects. Topic, idea or proposal to develop. Central topic of someone?s comments, of a work of art.

Preparations for Food
Elisapee Ishulutaq

Ulu
Ulu
Definition: A woman’s knife for domestic use. It has a crescent-shaped blade and is still widely used today.