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.
I learned to sew from my mother and my granny when I was a young girl. Sometimes I still dream about that, about learning to sew with my granny. I still can picture her sewing and she inspires me to continue to make new things and try new designs. Read More.
I do a lot of traditional artwork. My mother-in-law, Martine Kotchea, is the one who taught me a lot about making traditional artwork and I am very grateful for her knowledge. I observed and watched everything she did in order to learn. Read More.
Stella was born in Fort Good Hope, NT, but now resides in Deline, NT. Although Stella concentrates mostly on beadwork, she is capable of many different art forms including embroidery, traditional clothing, jewelry, drawing and quilting. Read more.
When I was 10, my family lived in the bush near Whati. One day I saw my mother sewing and I asked her where I could get some beads. She told me I had to start by cutting the uppers before doing the beading. Read more.
I learned to create art on my own and from elders in my community of Fort Resolution. I have been creating art for nearly 30 years. In the beginning, my children inspired me to create art. Now, I just enjoy doing 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.
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.