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Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection

Start Date 06 July 2019
End Date 31 December 2019
Venue Bata Shoe Museum
Location Toronto, Canada
Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack
Exhibition display of plinths

Situated at the very top of the world, the Arctic spans over fourteen million square kilometers and eight countries. While its landscape seems harsh and inhospitable, over forty distinct cultural groups have thrived here for centuries. And among the most beautiful and innovative of their products are the footwear and clothing they created to meet environmental challenges and express cultural meanings.

Drawing from the BSM’s extensive circumpolar holdings, and building upon information gathered from extensive, museum-sponsored fieldwork, Art and Innovation showcases a vast variety of footwear, garments and tools. These highlight the artistry and ingenuity of the makers and reveal different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.

Image courtesy of Bata Shoe Museum.