Inuit art was only discovered in the middle of the 20th century. The Inuits became masters of the art of carving on wood, stone, and bone. Originally, the small statues and combs made by the Thule people were destined for their religious beliefs. At the beginning of the 19th century, they exchanged them for salt and weapons. Today, contemporary Inuit art is essentially represented by sculptures in steatite, or ?soapstone', they represent the fauna and also the men of the great north. The Inuit also make carvings from caribou antlers, and do stone engraving and embroidery.
If you can't get to the Museum of Inuit and American Indian Art in Godbut, the Brousseau Inuit Art Gallery in Old Quebec is a good alternative.© MTOQ - Louise Mondoux