Where the River Widens
In Inuktitut, the hamlet of Baker Lake is called Qamani’tuaq—“where the river widens.” This marks the spot where the lake of the same name connects to the 900 kilometre-long Thelon River. Known as one of the most artistic communities in the Canadian arctic, Baker Lake is also one of the most geographically interesting: it is the North’s sole inland community with one of the harshest climates in North America, called by many the “barren plains” of Nunavut’s Kivalliq region.
This selection of drawings by some of Baker Lake’s best-known artists pay tribute to the land, culture, and life that has shaped their community. From depictions of the river and lake upon which the settlement sits, to activities like kayaking, fishing, drinking tea, and hunting caribou. Spirit figures and transformation scenes likewise frequent the drawings of particular artists. We are pleased to present remarkable works by Luke Anguhadluq, Myra Kukiiyaut, Irene Tiktaalaaq Avaalaaqiaq, William Noah, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Ruth Tulurialik Annaqtuusi, Simon Tookoome, Janet Kigusiuq, Nancy Pukingrnak, and Tuna Iquliq.