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For centuries, the Inuit( Eskimo ) skillfully crafted utilitarian objects from stone, bone, antler or ivory. The formation of communities
dramatically changed their ways of life and permitted the evolution of carvings as an art.

The most commonly used medium for carvings is soapstone or steatite which is found in quarries surrounding the Inuit settlements.
Throughout the Arctic, it varies in colours and markings from the soft medium grey to black and various shades of green. Carvers
initially rough out the block of carving stone with axes, hammers and chisels. Then, they use files, rasps and sandpaper for
finishing. Whalebone, ivory and antler are also used as carvings materials. Carving now offer the Inuit an opportunity to earn a
living while preserving their cultural hertiage.

Because Inuit sculpture is unique, sought-after and recognized around the world, mass-produced imitations are flooding the
Canadian market. To protect the collector and the Inuit artists, the Canadian government has registered the symbol of the
igloo as a trademark. Carvings bearing the igloo tag or sticker are certified to be hand-made by Inuit artist.

To be certain the you are purchasing an authentic piece of Inuit art, make sure it comes with an igloo tag.

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The Inuit sculptures shown in this page are part of our Inuit collection. If you are interested in other styles, subject matters and sizes you email us.
Since each Inuit original scuplture is handmade, no two scupltures are identicial although they might be similar in appearance.