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T. Ryan

Toronto, Stoddart, 1989. $14.95
ISBN 0-7737-52617.

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Gary Robertson.

Volume 17 Number 5
1989 September

This new wall calendar contains thir­teen accurate colour reproductions of stencil, stone-cut, and lithograph prints from Cape Dorset. They represent many of the best prints done between 1960 and 1986 by some of the more important Inuit artists including Kenojuak, Pitseolak, and Pudlo. In order to better understand the prints, there is a one-page note on the philo­sophical background to the art. It de­scribes the important tenuous relation­ship of the Inuit to his environment. The beauty of nature, the power of the Spirit, and the ritual of the hunt are all displayed in the prints. This text is in a bilingual format, but none of the monthly descriptive titles are, nor is the cover title.

There were some other concerns about the layout. First, the calendar months are printed back to back. For the sake of six more sheets of paper, single printing would have made collecting or display of the prints much easier. Second, the rectangular areas for each day are relatively small in relation to the large format of the whole calendar (43 cm. x 28 cm.). Third, the thirteenth reproduction is on the back cover, never to be seen by anyone if it hangs on the wall for a year. As an art calendar it has deficiencies, but for fans of Inuit art it is attractive.

Gary Robertson, Thom Collegiate, Regina, Sask.
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