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June 19, 2005

Life Abounds: Arctic Native Art

Life Abounds: Arctic Native Wildlife Art
June 25 –September 5, 2005

Seattle—Traditional and contemporary Native American wildlife art from the Burke Museum’s renowned Native American art collection and the private collection of John and Joyce Price will be on view June 25 – Sept. 5, 2005 at the Burke Museum, Seattle.

Over 90 beautiful pieces of art depicting Arctic animals by the Yupik, Inupiat, and Inuit people will be on display. Created by Native people who have known, lived with, and depended upon these animals for thousands of years, this art reflects the people who made the art as much as the animals.

Included in the exhibit are traditional masks and fetishes; carvings in ivory, stone, wood, and bone; and colorful contemporary prints. Exhibited together for the first time are three versions of the well-known print The Enchanted Owl, by master artist Kenojuak Ashevak, Inuit. These prints illustrate the innovations that have characterized Inuit graphic art. Accompanying text throughout the exhibit addresses the ancient and enduring relationships between people and the animals.

Life Abounds is accompanied by the renowned wildlife photography exhibit, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, documenting four seasons in the Arctic. Seasons of Life and Land contains forty-nine photographs by Seattle photographer, Subhankar Banerjee, and beautifully documents the ecological diversity and Native cultures of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The 19.5-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge contains the complete arctic and sub-arctic ecological zones from coastal tundra to majestic mountains to taiga and boreal forest, making it one of the last untouched arctic ecosystems in the world.

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