Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 25, 2021

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Artists north of 60

About 100 artists attend the Great Northern Arts Festival every year. No easy feat when you consider that the summer fest, marking its 25th anniversary edition this July 12 to 21, is in Inuvik, NT, two degrees above the Arctic Circle. Most participants are aboriginals — Dene, First Nations, Gwich'in, Inuit, Inuvialuit and Metis — and some come from as far away as Baffin Island to show their work, meet other artists and learn from them too. Their circumstances are most unique: art supplies are scarce or expensive in the North and there aren’t many professional photographers to help build portfolios. Then, of course, there’s the cost of travel to other communities in the country. So, this summer, why not go to them? Where else can you see art under the midnight sun? Expect performers too, from Inuvik and Aklavik Delta drummers and dancers to Inuit throat singers.

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