Trunkline Magazine (Louisville Zoo) Trunkline Magazine: June 2017 - Page 13

Linda Brown stands next to her recreated artwork. to include artwork in Glacier Run complex, I mentioned that I really that could help tell the story of the wanted to create something like Inuit people. Then, while walk- one of the beautiful wall hangings ing through the Churchill Town I had seen. Linda Brown, a Louis- Centre Complex (where the town ville Zoo docent, volunteered to library and indoor playground are make one just like it. I contacted found), I took pictures of large the authorities in Churchill, and got wall hangings that would permission along with de- be ideal for the Glacier tailed information on how "Did Run classroom. These the original was created. large wall hang- 120 hours later, it was their hands ings were sewn What a move like mine completed. by women in the labor of love — and area between as they stitched? it was identical, 1972 and 1974. material and Were they taught felt The images in all! Linda told me the hangings the stitches by their as she made this came from the wall hanging, she mothers and daily life of the couldn’t help but Caribou Eskimo grandmothers wonder about the people of the Central artists who created it. as I was?" “Did Barren Lands and their their hands move traditional legends. The like mine as they stitched? women who made garments Did they gossip as they sewed? from animal hides and sinew, their Were they taught the stitches by principal occupation, created the their mothers and grandmothers as wall hangings using traditional sew- I was?” ing techniques. These pieces of art Over the years, Zoo educators truly convey the imagination and have been able to use this wall talents of the Inuit women working hanging to connect students and in their largest and most colorful teachers to life in the Arctic Circle. medium. They are considered to be How is life there different or similar one of the most expressive works of to ours? art to come out of the Northwest Next time you visit Glacier Run, Territories. go into the classroom (when not in When I returned from the use) and see this piece as well as some of the other donated artwork. One of the art pieces has a special meaning to me and to my husband as we bought it in a yard sale 45 years ago. The artist, Ouvianatuliak Parr, was a well-known Cape Dorset artist. Since the 1950s, Cape Dor- set, which calls itself the “Capital of Inuit Art”, has been a centre for drawing, printmaking, and carv- ing even into today. This particular piece, “Man Among the Walrus” is a stone cut print, invented in Cape Dorset. With the stone cut method every print is truly an original as no two will be exactly the same. An- other piece, donated by Margaret Fonda and George Hebener (past Louisville Zoo docents) is a mask made out of walrus bone and hair. These remarkable artifacts truly demonstrate the life and culture of the people living in these remote places. And, while you may never be able to visit faraway lands, we hope the art inspires you to feel a connection to the people and animals from that part of the world and consider how we can help sustain those environments. The future of animals and plants around the world depends on all of us. Let’s find a way to live in balance with the natural world so that we all may thrive and continue to share the wonder of these beautiful places. Louisville Zoo Trunkline • Summer 2017 • 13