Category Archives: culture

Mirror in the mirror

I don’t know how it’s possible that I never heard of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt until about three weeks ago. This is “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in a mirror.) It’s just about the most lovely thing you ever heard:

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Modern films for a new nation

This may not be news to you but clued out as I often am, it’s news to me. The producers of Nuummioq, billed as “the first international feature to ever come out of Greenland,” are still exhibiting their film at … Continue reading

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Inukshukification for the nation

I never believed until now that inanimate rocks were capable of reproduction: “The Inukshukification of Highway 69.” In addition, I’ve found some strange ones myself:

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The Nunavut territory: populist, conservative, conflicted

“Whether the promise of Nunavut set out by the visionary Inuit leaders who made the land claim and the territory a reality – a promise of fundamental importance to all Nunavummiut – will be fulfilled remains an open question.” You … Continue reading

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Deaf as a post

The allegations that gave rise to this story of yesterday, “Police lay charges in Arctic grave desecration,” appear to have created a huge uproar in Baker Lake these past few weeks. Now that the story is widely reported, I expect … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias (via You Are Not So Smart)

You have to scroll down a bit to get to the nut of this article, which causes one to wonder if real “debate” is ever actually possible on TV — or any other medium. Is the stern discipline of detachment … Continue reading

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Political science

Much to my amusement, I read today that the people of Reykjavik, Iceland last month elected a comedian to serve as their next mayor. Jon Gnarr, 43, who contested the election on behalf of new formation called the “Best Party,” … Continue reading

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If you’re in Ottawa, check this out

The play Night, starring 16-year-old Abigail Ootova of Pond Inlet and developed by the Human Cargo theatre group of Toronto over the past few years, is showing Jan. 4 to Jan. 16 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Today … Continue reading

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“When cultures meet, great art ensues.”

So says New Zealand’s Eric Crampton, who comments on the Cape Dorset print shop’s 50th year of art production.

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Disrobing the disrobers (1)

You can log on to Amazon today and for only $20.76 you can order an imperfect but essential piece of gutsy whistle-blowing by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard: Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation. Their core … Continue reading

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