He recently spent a month in Cape Dorset, sponsored by the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, to show carvers some of the skills in demand in the new market for Inuit art.

“Show the fine finish, a little bit more detail,” he said.

Tom Chapman, general manager of sales for the Nunavut Development Corporation, also said art buyers are looking for high quality.

“Not so much price, but just quality in general,” he said. “The world has become very educated about Inuit art.”

Chapman said he’s working hard to get that message out to Inuit artists so they know what kinds of pieces will find a buyer in a difficult market.

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