Art: Land of the Bear

Twelve hundred miles north of the U.S. border, in a land of frozen inlets and howling winds, above the upper reaches of Hudson Bay, is Cape Dorset. Only a cluster of frame houses, snow huts and translucent plastic igloos on the barren southern coast of Baffin Island, it is the trading station for some 320 Eskimos living in scattered three-and four-family camps along the island's frozen coast. It is also the center of the best folk art this side of Africa. Already famed as the most skilled of the Eskimo sculptors, the Cape Dorset people have recently taken up a new...

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