Listening to Dr. Heather Igloliorte speak, it is clear she is very passionate about Labrador.
The Happy Valley-Goose Bay woman — an assistant professor of Aboriginal art history at Concordia University in Montreal — was back in her hometown this week, in a series of visits to central and coastal Labrador to promote awareness — and share her research — of Labrador Inuit art and artists.
Being of Inuit descent on her father’s side and an accomplished artist in her own right, Igloliorte said Labrador Inuit art has not been given the recognition or credit it deserves for far too long.
Igloliorte gave a presentation on that subject at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in North West River on Aug. 26.
“We should make more (art), it would be good for our communities,” she said.
“It fosters cultural pride and carries on our traditions. We would be better off if more people knew about the great culture we have in Labrador.”
Igloliorte is doing her best to do just that.
She recently completed a 487-page dissertation which speaks to the first art history of the Nunatsiavummiut (Labrador Inuit), focusing on over 400 years of post-contact production, Nunatsiavummi Sananguagusigisimajangit /Nunatsiavut Art History: Continuity, Resilience, and Transformation in Inuit Art (2013).
She is also currently working with the Nunatsiavut Territory to bring the arts and culture of the Nunatsiavummiut to light through several ongoing and multiplatform collaborative community-based projects. One of these is projects, the creation of a large scale touring exhibition of Nunatsiavut…