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Library JournalNative Americans of northern Canada (we would call them Eskimos; they prefer Inuit) inhabit a vast area covering all of upper Canada. In the 1950s, the bottom fell out of their staple money source, the fur market. Fortuitously, their carvings were discovered by the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal. Now, in some areas, 80 percent of the men and women make their living from carving and other arts. Hessel, a former arts official with the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, shows the transformation of basic native craft to the varied, imaginative, and lively art available today. In the style of many books on Native Americans now, the ethnohistory of the tribe is reviewed and the evolution of mythic representations traced. Given few raw materials -- stone, bone, fur, and some ivory in older times and now paper with watercolors, pencils, and pens -- these isolated people produce art full of life and motion and permeated with their rich mythology. Though the scale is modest for most pieces, their physicality draws in the viewer. For larger art or ethnic collections.
-- Gay Neale, Southside Virginia Community College Library, Alberta