Northern History and the Northern Scene

by Jim Clifford on April 28, 2013

West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Cape Dorset (printshop & other buildings). Photo taken by Ansgar Walk. CC BY-SA 2.5

West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Cape Dorset (printshop & other buildings). Photo taken by Ansgar Walk. CC BY-SA 2.5

By Jim Clifford and Sean Graham

This week we are publishing a series of posts and podcasts focused on northern history in conjunction with the Northern Scene festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Sean Graham arranged a series of interviews with artists about the role of history in their art. He then ask me to work with historians of the north to create a week of posts focused on the region. Here is the schedule:

Monday: Ken Coates and Bill Morrison start thing off with an argument for “The Need for Speedy History in the Post-War Canadian North” and we have a podcast on Nanook of the North and Grab-Stake with Tim McSorley (Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute).

Tuesday:  Sean Graham talks with Sandra Dyck and Leslie Boyd about the Dorset Seen art exhibition at Carleton. Liza Piper explores the complicated history of dangerous foods in her post on “Carnivorous Walrus as Country Food”.

Wednesday: Carmella Gray-Cosgrove writes about A.Y. Jackson’s blending of nature and industry in his paintings of Radium Mines. The podcast explores the story of the Nantuck Brothers and the theatre production of Justice with playwright Leonard Linklater, Yukon chief archaeologist Greg Hare, and Yukon College Osteologist Susan Moorhead Mooney.

Thursday: Sean interviews Lyn Fabio and Shirley Moorhouse about changing conceptions of northern art and Tina Adcock contributes “Following the Hand of Franklin: Conversations about Northern History in the South”.

Friday: Check back for one last podcast.
Get ready by subscribing to the History Slam podcast on iTunes or via the RSS feed.

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