The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not-so-distantly — related. Along the way, we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Mungo Martin, or Nakapankam, meaning a potlatch chief "ten times over," or Datsa, meaning "grandfather," Northwest Coast carver, painter, singer, songwriter, teacher (b at Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island 1879; d at Victoria 16 Aug 1962), stepson of Charlie James (recognized Kwakwaka'wakw carver), and tutor to Henry Hunt, Tony Hunt, and Bill Reid.
Lucy Qinnuayuak, artist (b near Sugluk, Qué 1915?; d at Cape Dorset, NWT 10 Sept 1982). One of the most popular Inuit graphic artists, noted primarily for fanciful arctic birds, Lucy began to draw in the late 1950s at the time James Houston started Inuit Printmaking experiments at Cape Dorset.
Brian Jungen, artist (born 29 April 1970 in Fort St. John, BC). One of the most highly regarded Canadian artists of his generation; Brian Jungen has received international attention for his elaborate assemblages and installations that draw inspiration from his experience of post-industrial consumerism and his own First Nations heritage.
The history of Inuit cultures and the art of the various regions and times can only be understood if the myth of a homogeneous Inuit culture is discarded altogether. Though it has not been possible to determine the exact origin(s) of the Inuit, nor of the various Inuit cultures, five distinct cultures have been established in the Canadian area: Pre-Dorset , Dorset , Thule, Historic and Contemporary.