Yukon Arts Centre Presents
Sewing Our Traditions
March 5 – 9 2012 at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Free Admission


“Observers of children know that, for a child, anything can become a doll: a stick, a leaf, a bit of ragged leather, a peculiarly shaped stone, or tuft of fur. Beneath the delights of doll play is a more serious adult purpose: teaching children the skills required when they grow up. By imitating their mothers, little girls learn how to feed, dress, and care for a baby. They also learn the technical skills needed to make clothes for the family, an art that is for the most part a woman’s responsibility.” Jennifer Allen, curator of Sewing our Traditions.

Sewing our Traditions is a collection of over fifty handmade dolls created by Inuit and First Nations from across the Canadian North. The dolls represent historical and contemporary perspectives on northern traditions, fashion and culture. Brought together by the Yukon Arts Centre for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad with the generous support of Yukon Government, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, the exhibition is the first of its kind to highlight this Inuit and First Nations art form and northern garment design.

For this special Arctic Winter Games exhibition we also are including dolls from the circumpolar north. Each doll has its own character and individuality that reflects the doll-makers personality and community landscape. Together the dolls tell a story and provide a testimony of our unique culture of the North. From a brightly coloured cloth doll from Yamal Russia to painted Greenlandic dolls, to tiny intricate details like beaded moccasins and locally trapped fur and home-tanned hide, come experience these truly exceptional examples of fine craft from the across the north!