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Inuk (Brendalynn) Trennert
"Inuk” is a northerner through and through, she was born in Fort Simpson, NT raised and continues to live and promote the Northwest Territories, through her art work. She is of Inuvialuit and European decent. Inuk, has a true love for the Territory she is born too, a passion for Mother Nature, family and traditions; which shows through out her artwork. In the early 1990's Inuk was initially inspired by a high school teacher to start tufting and then encouraged by her parents to continue with it, and so began her caribou hair tufting career. Not only did she surprise herself, but others as well with her natural ability to tuft. Since the 1990's Inuk has helped revive an almost lost northern craft of the Northwest Territories, by teaching and demonstrating how caribou hair tufting is done, in many parts of the world. She also added a new dimension to tufting, blending a modern and contemporary twist to a traditional northern craft, never tufting a "typical" five petal flower.
Over the years, Inuk has come and gone a long way with her caribou hair tuftings and has had the opportunity to travel to many parts of our world, both on her own and to represent her country, and Territory, as a cultural and/or artist ambassador. Teaching/Demonstrating how caribou hair tufting is done, along the way, places such as, several communities throughout the Northwest Territories, Western Canada, New Mexico, Arizona, Siberia, Japan as an NWT Ambassador -displaying and demonstrating her artwork at NWT Week in the VIP area of the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2005.
With many accomplishments under her belt, one of her most memorable was when she and her artwork were presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their Royal Visit to Yellowknife in 1994. She presented the Royal couple with one of her Caribou hair tufted pictures which was of an Inukshuk. Then, at the Paralympics in Whistler, British Columbia she welcomed HRH Prince Edward to the Artist Village at the Lil'wat/Squamish Cultural Centre. Where she then presented HRH with a similar caribou hair tufting that she presented to his parents, and invited him and his family to visit the Northwest Territories.
Inuk, continues to preserve this ancient art form of hair tufting, which is so much a part of the NWT south slave area's history. With her love of her Territory, family and caribou hair tufting she shows by being a living example, that crossing cultural gaps is possible and teaching this beautiful and old art form - is most fulfilling.
Note from Inuk:
"Never stop dreaming, working super hard to live your dreams and breaking trails that others will follow. If one of my students surpasses me, I will proudly pass the tufting baton and wish them a very long and joyous career. Until then, keep on tufting."