Lost Visions, Forgotten Dreams

CMC S90 3114; CD95 270
The First Arctic Explorers The Dorset People
Disappearance of the Dorset Culture The Gallery of Dorset Art
[Humans] [Bears] [Magical Objects] [Animals] [Amulets]


Exhibit curators: Patricia D. Sutherland, Robert McGhee
Text: Patricia D. Sutherland, Robert McGhee
Photos: Harry Foster, Steve Darby, Jacqueline Vincent, Wendy Vance
Web page design and production: Joel Long

Further Reading

The following publications provide further information on the Palaeo-Eskimos and their art.

Damas, David, ed. Handbook of North American Indians. Vol. 5, Arctic. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1984.
A large reference work containing many useful articles on the history and cultures of Arctic peoples.

Dumond, Don E. The Eskimos and Aleuts. London: Thames and Hudson, 1987.
A well-illustrated textbook recommended for people who want an overview of Arctic prehistory.

Maxwell, Moreau S. Prehistory of the Eastern Arctic. Orlando: Academic Press, 1988.
A university-level text containing much detailed information on the history of the Palaeo-Eskimo and Inuit peoples of Arctic Canada.

McGhee, Robert. Canadian Arctic Prehistory. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1990.
An illustrated handbook on the ancient history of the Arctic, written for a general audience.

McGhee, Robert. Ancient People of the Arctic. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1996.
A book on the history and culture of the Palaeo-Eskimos, written and illustrated for a general audience.

Sutherland, Patricia D. "The History of Inuit Culture." In the Shadow of the Sun: Perspectives on Contemporary Native Art, pp. 313-32. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1992.
A brief article on the art and culture of the Palaeo-Eskimos and the prehistoric Inuit of Arctic Canada.

Taylor, William E., Jr. and George Swinton. "The Silent Echoes: Prehistoric Canadian Eskimo Art." The Beaver 298 (1967), pp. 32-47.
This classic article presents the viewpoints of an archaeologist and an art historian trying to understand the nature of Dorset art.