Thank you for viewing the NWT Arts Displays at Gate 7 and 72 in the Edmonton International Airport. We appreciate your interest in learning more about the unique artists of the Northwest Territories and the inspirational story of their artwork.
Safe travels and we hope to see you in the Northwest Territories someday!
Art of the Northwest Territories | Gate 72
Canada's Northwest Territories (NWT) is composed of 33 communities spread over more than one million square kilometres. It is home to five regions including the Dehcho Region, South Slave Region, North Slave Region, Sahtu Region, and the Beaufort Delta Region. There are 11 official languages and three distinct Aboriginal groups across the territory: Dene, Inuit and Métis.
The rich heritage and traditions of the territory’s First Nations peoples have always been an integral part of their cultures. With little else than what could be found in nature, these groups were able to survive and flourish in the harsh Arctic landscape. This spirit can still be seen today in residents who still live a traditional way of life including hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering from the land. Read more.
Cheryl Fennell | Sealskin Corset with Red Satin Lining
I have always loved fur. Being on the land with the Inuit people made me realize that fur is the warmest thing to wear, and it also happens to be versatile, beautiful, and unique. To witness that was a thing of beauty. Read More.
Michel Labine | Sachel with Polar Bear Fur, Buffalo Leather and a Moose Antler Button
I’ve always wanted my art to be unique, something special that people would refer to and say without question, “That came from the North”. Read More.
Betty Takazo Jr. | Traditionally Tanned Moosehide Moccasins with Beadding and Beaver Trim
Sewing relaxes me. I draw flowers just the way I want and how I see them in my mind. I try to come up with different colour combinations and use them in new ways to make the flowers come to life. Read more.
Edith Haogak | Kamiks with Muskox Fur, Traditionally Tanned Hide and Beading
My favourite things to make are boots - short ones or long ones, but made the traditional way. We had never seen rubber boots or socks until white people came to the community. Read more.
Lucy Jane Simon | Traditionally Tanned Moodehide Moccasins with Moose Hair Tufting
The things I make are from what I see and my art is my interpretation of that experience. I love to work with the beauty and the colours of nature. it. Read More.
Art of the Northwest Territories | Gate 7
The Northwest Territories is diverse in nature - and so are the artists that live here. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the land and rich culture and tradition of its people, artists of all genres are inspired to create and share the story of their art. Read more.
From artists such as Lucy Nigiyok, Carielyn Jumbo, Dene Fur Clouds, and Alma Jumbo.
From artists such as Maidie-Anne Turner, Johnny Farcy and Dennis Hudson.
From authors such as Antoine Moutain, Erika Nyyssonen and Laurie Sarkadi.
In stores and galleries, the NWT Arts logo identifies authentic Northwest Territories arts and fine crafts created by artists registered with the NWT Arts Program. Artists create one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that capture their northern spirit and share their unique stories of living in Canada’s Northwest Territories.