For my artist residency, I am making waves on the pages for my children's book.
I visited the awesome children's section of the Emily Williston Library. I read a variety of juvenile nonfiction books and saw the authors' style, type of images. I also read my copies of Inuit picture books and I like their styles and messages. Note: I cannot post the pages I have accomplished because then it will be considered "Previously Published" which would nullify the chance of publication.
I was interviewed by a local newspaper. It feels to me the article, https://bit.ly/3o64J58, was done with sensationalism and made me look bad. The writer doesn't know Inuit history; I gave her corrections. It proves to me how necessary my work is needed for non-Inuit. I am a smart Inuk who has worked really hard to be here. I am grateful and #InukStrong. I won't be portrayed as less Inuk nor unqualified. I am Inuk. Inovunga Labradorimi.
I was also interviewed for Uvagut TV of Nunavut, Canada! It was exciting and I showed my art that is hanging in the Easthampton City Arts studio at Old Town Hall. However, I used my iPhone 11 Pro Max and not my Mac because there were audio problems. The show aired on Saturday, 01/29/2022 at 7 PM EDT.
I ran out of time to give thanks to:
2) my angutik/Husband
3) our adult kid Reggi
4) my two families in two countries
5) my dear frens in both countries
6) Easthampton City Arts for allowing me to have residency in Studio 2.
Aatsuk/I don't know the URL for my interview. The show is called Tunnganarniq Nunagijavut-Welcome to Where We Live Now. I spoke after Mr. Zacharias Kunuk of Igloolik, NU. His movie "Angakusjaujuk: The Shaman's Apprentice" will air on www.uvagut.tv on Monday, 31 Jan. 2022 at 7 PM EDT. I can't wait to watch it.
We had a really big snowstorm. Our area received about four to eight inches while our kid in Boston had over a foot. I was thinking I should give them our allaatautit/snowshoes.
Have a great day and enjoy my photo of this 1974 grey stone sculpture called "Inuit Ublumi" by Pierre Karlik of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. It's in the Canadian Museum of History of Gatineau, Quebec.